Solve Apple ID Problems for Just $7.99!

Learn all the ins and outs of your Apple ID and what to do when something
goes wrong with Take Control of Your Apple ID by Glenn Fleishman.

Take Control of iWeb: iLife ’06 Edition
Jun 05, 2006

Take Control of iWeb: iLife ’06 Edition

Learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb!

Apple’s iWeb aims to help you build a Web site quickly and easily, but if you’re stuck on the basics or unhappy with amateurish results, turn to Steve Sande for assistance. In Take Control of iWeb, Steve provides step-by-step instructions for building an iWeb site and uploading it to .Mac or to your own Web host, and you can look over his shoulder as he works in iWeb’s templates with a designer’s eye. Steve teaches you the best ways to make basic iWeb pages, including blog, podcast, and photo pages (via integration with other iLife applications), and he covers topics that go beyond the basics.

Are you using a newer version of iWeb? This title is about iWeb ‘06/iWeb 1. However, iWeb ‘08 and iWeb ‘09 editions are available.

You’ll learn how to create eye-catching graphical effects, encode podcasts and videos for use with iWeb, edit graphics so your site loads faster, make image maps, and even set up an online store. For those with multiple sites or multiple Macs, Steve explains how to edit one site on two Macs and how to store multiple sites in multiple iWeb files. Pick up your copy today!

Home    Star    Photo page    Mountain

More Info

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How do I create special graphical effects like those in the above clickable images?
  • How do I create an RSS feed for my blog?
  • What if I don’t want to publish to .Mac?
  • How do I make an image map? (There is a way!)
  • Can I create an entire online store with iWeb?

Q: Do you have an ebook that covers the version of iWeb that came with iLife ‘08? What about iLife ‘09

A: Yes, we do. See Take Control of iWeb: iLife ‘08 Edition and Take Control of iWeb ‘09.

Does this ebook cover MobileMe and iWeb?

Sorry, the ebook does not cover MobileMe. The .Mac service switched its name to MobileMe in July of 2008, and along with the switch made a few small changes to the way it interacts with iWeb. Although we are keeping this ebook for sale in order to help people who might still be using iWeb ‘06, we have not updated it for MobileMe. We think that readers will find it easy to work with the ebook, so long as they are aware of the .Mac-to-MobileMe change. The iWeb ‘08 and the iWeb ‘09 editions of the ebook do cover MobileMe.

  1. iWeb Publishing to MobileMe to End in 2012

    Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe service (formerly known as “.Mac”), effective 30 June 2012, and has also announced that many of its functions will find equivalents in the new iCloud service from Apple, due to debut sometime in the last quarter of 2011. As it turns out, however, Web hosting on MobileMe is not going to be replaced by an equivalent feature in iCloud. Apple provides some details what iCloud will include and what it won’t in its Mobile Me transition page (you can also read more about the transition in the TidBITS article, “Apple Details Transition from MobileMe to iCloud,” 24 June 2011).

    Specifically, the capability of using .Mac to host your iWeb site, as described in the “Publish Your Site” chapter of “Take Control of iWeb: iLife ‘06 Edition” (pp. 38-44) will end on 30 June 2012. Apple recommends that you move any iWeb sites to a different Web hosting service before MobileMe shuts down, and explains the procedure in its document, “MobileMe: How to move an iWeb site from MobileMe to another web hosting service.”

    Posted by Adam S Khan (Permalink)

  2. iWeb ‘09 Edition Is Available

    We’ve just released Take Control of iWeb ‘09, by Steve Sande. The 152-page new edition covers all the new features in iWeb ‘09 (plus those that remain from previous iWeb versions, of course).


    p>Generally speaking, Take Control of iWeb ‘09 walks you through the steps for building an iWeb site and uploading it to MobileMe or another Web host. You can look over Steve’s shoulder as he enhances iWeb’s templates with a designer’s eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of uploading, with special coverage of using a custom domain name and uploading to third-party hosts.

    New iWeb ‘09 features discussed include still-more widgets that can add special content to your site (for instance, a Twitter feed) and the new FTP capabilities that vastly simplify uploading to a third-party Web host. As with the recently released Take Control ebooks about GarageBand ‘09, this title is unusual in that it offers book-length coverage of a single iLife application.

    Posted by Adam S Khan (Permalink)

  3. iWeb ‘08 Ebook Adds MobileMe and Twitter Info

    We’ve just released version 1.1 of Take Control of iWeb: iLife ‘08 Edition. Author Steve Sande has updated the text to make sense for MobileMe, not .Mac, and he has added an appendix that explains how to display your Twitter feed on an iWeb page.

    Why release a new version of an ebook about iWeb ‘08, when iWeb ‘09 is available? First, lots of people are still using iLife ‘08 and don’t yet wish to put the time and money into an upgrade, and second, we were able to create the update reasonably easily as a interim step while drafting a new edition to cover iWeb ‘09.

    Readers who own the iWeb ‘06 ebook can upgrade to this new version with a 25% discount, and those who own the iWeb ‘08 ebook can download it for free. If either of these situations applies to you, open your existing PDF to page 1 and click Check for Updates. (If you’re already on the Check for Updates page for the 1.0 version of the iWeb ‘09 ebook, look above, on the Downloads tab!)

    Posted by Adam S Khan (Permalink)

  4. iWeb in iLife ‘09: Small Changes, Big Impact

    At first glance, iLife ‘09 doesn’t appear to offer much in the way of improvements to the iWeb user. But after delving deeper into Apple’s announcement, it’s apparent to me that the new version of iWeb has significant changes that should help in the design and publishing of iWeb sites:

    • It appears that there are some new themes. In particular, Fine Line has the appearance of a WordPress blog, while BeBop has a happy, retro 50’s look.
    • The Media Browser has a new added button—Widgets. This button makes it simple to add a number of widgets, including a new countdown timer, RSS feeds, and YouTube videos. There are even widgets that can embed iSight photos or videos into an iWeb site.
    • The biggest change appears to be in the area of publishing. Publishing your iWeb site to any server other than MobileMe used to involve publishing the site to a folder, then uploading the entire folder to the server via FTP. Now you just enter your FTP server information into iWeb, and you can publish your site and any changes directly to the FTP server.
    • Apple has also linked the new iWeb with Facebook. Any time you change your iWeb site, your Facebook friends are notified so they can see what’s new.

    Posted by (Permalink)

  5. Several Sites? Several Servers? Multisite for iWeb to the Rescue!

    iWeb is great for publishing one site to one server; preferably a MobileMe server. But what if you’re trying to use iWeb to create a number of Web sites that are hosted on multiple servers? It’s not easy—you have to save each site to a separate folder, then upload or synchronize those sites to the server with an FTP client one at a time. [iWeb ‘09 is vastly better at publishing multiple sites to multiple servers, and at FTP-based publishing. June 25, 2009 —Tonya]

    Clarkwood Software, LLC has an answer: Multisite for iWeb 2.3. This Mac OS X application works with iWeb ‘08 and older versions as well. Use iWeb to build multiple sites, and then fire up Multisite for iWeb. It takes care of putting the sites into individual files, which means that you needn’t publish every site every time you want to publish one.

    In my ebook about iWeb ‘08, I talk about how to create separate Domain files for individual sites. Multisite takes care of that work for you. You can use Multisite to duplicate, delete, and create sites, import or export sites, and even create separate Domain files to send to other people.

    You can try Multisite for iWeb before you buy. A fully functional 30-day demo is available from the Clarkwood Software Web site. A license for Multisite for iWeb is only $19.95.

    Posted by (Permalink)

The Author

Steve Sande is a Mac consultant with Raven Solutions, LLC and has worked with Macs since 1984. Steve’s writing can be found almost daily on The Unofficial Apple Weblog, where he also hosts the weekly TUAW TV Live video podcast.