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

Take Control of
iWeb: iLife ’08 Edition

Steve Sande

If you’re stuck on iWeb’s basics or unhappy with amateurish results, turn to Web pro Steve Sande for step-by-step instructions for building an iWeb site, ranging from the basics to how to create eye-catching effects, encode podcasts and videos, shrink graphics, set up an online store, and more. Now explains how to add a Twitter feed!

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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. If you want step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips, Web pro Steve Sande can help. In Take Control of iWeb, 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.

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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 learn how add special elements to your site: iPhoto albums and galleries, YouTube videos, a Twitter feed, Google AdSense ads, Google maps, and forms that integrate with Google Docs. You’ll also find coverage of how to edit graphics so your site loads faster, how to import podcasts and videos, how to make image maps, and even ideas for working with CafePress, Google Checkout, and Zen Cart to create an online store.

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

  • How do I create graphical effects like those in the above clickable images?
  • What are smart guidelines for naming sites and Web pages?
  • What’s the deal with iWeb Domain files?
  • What URL will my home page end up with?
  • How do I create an RSS feed for my blog?
  • How do I make an image map? (There is a way!)
  • Can I create an entire online store with iWeb?
  • How do I edit a graphic so its background color matches the color of my page?
  • What if I don’t want to publish to MobileMe?
  • What if I want to publish to MobileMe, but with my own domain name in my URL?

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.

This list, which was excerpted from the ebook, notes the main new features in iWeb ’08 that the ebook covers:

  • .Mac improvements: Apple has updated the .Mac service to make it more useful to iWeb users. For instance, you can now Publish to a Personal Domain on .Mac. Apple has also increased the amount of disk storage and the monthly bandwidth allowance, so even large and heavily visited Web sites can exist on a .Mac account. However, the .Mac terms and conditions still prohibit the use of .Mac-hosted sites for ecommerce.
  • Web widgets: With a new feature called HTML Snippets, you can add things like news headlines, live webcam feeds, YouTube videos, and stock tickers to your Web site. For examples, see Add a YouTube Video and Add a Form.
  • Google integration: Apple and Google have been getting cozy lately, and the integration of Google AdSense and Google Maps into iWeb 2 is a perfect example of the level of cooperation between the two companies:
    • The Google AdSense widget enables you to Add Google AdSense Ads to your Web pages.
    • The Google Maps widget provides a way to Add Google Maps to your Web content with one click.
  • New templates and theme switching: Apple has created 8 new themes for iWeb 2, bringing the total to 26. When you Choose a Template for your Web site, consider a new iWeb theme to give your site a makeover.
  • Instant Alpha: A powerful new photo editing tool, Instant Alpha, removes background clutter from photos you use in iWeb sites, giving the images a more professional appearance.
  • Improved integration with iPhoto: Through enhanced Photo pages, Web galleries, and My Album pages, iWeb 2 makes it easier than ever to Add Photos to a Web site.

Is there another edition that covers iWeb '09?

Indeed, there is. See Take Control of iWeb '09. It covers iWeb '09, also known as iWeb version 3.

Does this ebook cover MobileMe and iWeb?

Yes, it does! Although version 1.0 of this ebook shipped long before .Mac switched to MobileMe, in 2009 we released version 1.1 of the ebook, and it is fully MobileMe-savvy. If you buy the ebook now, you'll get version 1.1. If you already own the 1.0 version, open it up and—from page 1— click the Check for Updates button. On the resulting Web page, you should find a download link for version 1.1.

Q: Does this book cover iWeb 2 or iWeb '08?

A: Yes. Apple confusingly gives iWeb (and the other iLife '08 applications) two version numbers, one that applies to the program, as in iWeb 2 (it's the second version of iWeb) and another that refers to the iLife suite, as in iWeb '08. Sorry about that! We use iWeb '08 when talking about the program on the site, since we feel readers are more likely to look for that, but we talk about iWeb 2 in the book, since we feel that's more clear when discussing the actual software.

Q: Do you have an ebook that covers iWeb 1, which came with iLife '06?

A: Yes, we do. See Take Control of iWeb: iLife '06 Edition, which covers that version of the program.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start to Making a Site in iWeb
  • What's New in iWeb 2
  • A Brief History of 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
  • Make Money, Add Forms, and More
  • Manage Multiple iWeb Sites
  • Learn More & Do More
  • Appendix A: Web Hosting
  • Appendix B: Add a Twitter Feed
  • We do not plan to update the PDF of this ebook. However, a new edition that covers a newer version of iWeb is available.