Follow along with author Steve Sande and learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb ’09 and ’11!

Take Control of
iWeb ’09

Steve Sande

If you’re stuck on iWeb 3’s basics or unhappy with amateurish results, turn to Web wizard Steve Sande for step-by-step instructions for building an iWeb site, ranging from the basics to how to create eye-catching effects and include special elements such as blog posts, podcasts, Twitter feeds, Google calendars, and more.

This product has been discontinued.

Apple’s iWeb aims to help you build an attractive Web site quickly and easily, but not all of iWeb’s features are fully explained. For step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips, turn to Web pro Steve Sande. In this ebook, Steve walks you through all the steps for building an iWeb site and uploading it to MobileMe or to another Web host. You can look over his shoulder as he enhances iWeb’s templates with a designer’s eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha.

Version madness? This ebook is about iWeb 3, and it covers iWeb 3 regardless of whether you installed it from iLife ’09 or iLife ’11 (there was no iLife ’10). For more info, see the What’s New tab below.

Cool    Starburst    Cartoon    Africa

Steve teaches you the best ways to make all types of iWeb pages—including blog, podcast, photo, and movie pages—and he covers topics that go beyond the basics and way beyond the online help. You’ll also find coverage of how to import podcasts and videos and even get ideas for working with CafePress and Google Checkout to create an online store.

Special projects covered in the ebook include:

  • Creating graphical effects like those in the above images
  • Setting a graphic’s background color to match the page color
  • Making an image map—there is a way!
  • Using an iSight camera to record directly into iWeb
  • Adding a podcast episode from GarageBand
  • Submitting your podcast to iTunes
  • Exporting a video file from iMovie to iWeb
  • Integrating with iPhoto and MobileMe Gallery
  • Embedding a YouTube video
  • Including an RSS or Twitter feed
  • Providing directions to readers via an embedded Google map
  • Adding a read-only, dynamic Google calendar to your site
  • Getting information from readers via an embedded Google form
  • Setting up RSS feed for your iWeb blog
  • Generating income from your site by adding Google AdSense ads
  • Creating a simple online store

Plus, the ebook helps with uploading your site to the Web, covering questions such as these:

  • How do I divide space on my iDisk between general storage for things like iWeb sites and email-only storage?
  • What if I don’t want to publish to MobileMe?
  • How do I set up iWeb 3’s new internal FTP client?
  • Why would I want to publish locally, and how do I set that up in iWeb?
  • What if I want to publish to MobileMe, but use my own domain name in the URL?
  • How can I publish to a Dropbox folder?

About Steve Sande

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.

What’s New in Version 1.1

Take Control of iWeb ’09 version 1.1 was inspired by a desire to clarify that users of iLife ’11 can use this ebook, since the version of iWeb in both iLife ’09 and iLife ’11 is the same. While creating the update, I also added a few tips to give you more control of this powerful software:

  • Finding More Templates lists additional sources for iWeb templates.
  • In Editing One Site on Two Macs, I explain how Dropbox makes it easier to share a single iWeb domain file between multiple computers or users.
  • Publish to Dropbox shows you how to take advantage of Dropbox for free or low-cost hosting of iWeb sites.
  • In Money, Maps, and More I’ve added information on how to:
  • Embed a Keynote Presentation into an iWeb page.
  • Localize Your iWeb Site so international visitors can read it in their native languages.
  • Include a Google Calendar on an iWeb page .
  • Make Your Site Readable on Mobile Devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Q: Does this book cover iWeb 2 (also known as iWeb '08?)

A: Nope. For that you'll want Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition.

Q: How about iWeb 1, which came with iLife '06?

A: Same answer. See Take Control of iWeb: iLife '06 Edition, which covers that version of the program.

Q: Will the book teach me how to make my own custom iWeb templates?

A: Although this ebook discusses the HTML Snippet widget—which you can use to insert your own HTML within an iWeb page—and it offers a list of third-party iWeb template makers, it doesn't get down-and-dirty with instructions on how to customize an iWeb template beyond what you can do with iWeb's built-in tools. In our opinion, if you are frustrated with iWeb's templates and want to go beyond iWeb's built-in features to customize them, you should purchase a third-party template or consider a more sophisticated tool such as Freeway, RapidWeaver, SandVox, or Dreamweaver.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • iWeb Quick Start
  • What's New in iWeb 3
  • A Brief History of Making Web Sites
  • Install iWeb
  • Create Your First Site
  • Publish Your Site
  • Work with Text
  • Shapes, Layers & Masks
  • Publish a Blog
  • Publish a Podcast
  • Add Photos
  • Enhance Photos
  • Create an Online Movie Theater
  • Money, Maps & More
  • Learn More & Do More
  • Appendix A: Web Hosting
  • About This Book
  • March 23, 20011 -- Now that we've updated this ebook to version 1.1 in recognition of iWeb 3 appearing in both iLife '09 and iLife '11, we have no future plans to update it for iWeb 3. If Apple releases a major upgrade to iWeb, we'll consider whether we should create a new edition.

    Additional Information

    You may also like…