Maccast Members 2011.08.12 - Death of iWeb
V Intro
* I hadn't realized how many people were relying on iWeb and Mobile Me until Apple announced that they were going to be discontinuing it
* Many have written me to ask about alternatives and suggestions
V What's going away and when
* Mobile Me will be shut down completely on June 30, 2012. The iCould services will be in place this Fall.
* If you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge
* iCloud will continue to have Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My iPhone, and Back to My Mac
* iWeb Publishing (hosting), Gallery, and iDisk are going away.
* iCloud will add iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books, Backup and restore
V iCloud includes 5GB of storage for free
* Purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows, as well as your Photo Stream, don’t count against your free storage.
* You can buy more storage if needed
V Three basic parts of iWeb and iWeb Publishing
* Creating content
* Publishing the content (uploading)
* Hosting
* The biggest thing you are losing is the integration of the OS, app, and hosting services. These other solutions come close, but aren't as easy to use as iWeb + Mobile Me.
V WYSIWYG Content creation
V iWeb
* In it's existing form it should continue to work as a content creation tool
* You won't get updates or new templates, but what you have now should still work
V Rapidweaver ($79.99)
* Code free, WYSIWYG content creation. Code editing for advanced users.
* Different page types, including blogs and photo galleries
* Templates and themes. 45-built-in.
* Add ons for advanced users
* Very iWeb like user interface. 3-panel layout.
* Integrated publishing and bookmarks. (FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV)
V Sandvox ($77.00)
* Code free, WYSIWYG content creation. Code editing for advanced users.
* Different page types, including blogs and photo galleries
* Templates and themes. Over 50 designs.
* Very iWeb like user interface with inspector palette
* Integrated publishing. . (FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV)
V Freeway Express ($69.00)
* WYSIWYG editing
* More like a page layout app than HTML editor
* Built in templates
* Integrated publishing (FTP and SFTP)
V Adobe Muse (beta)
* Software is free for now, but looks to be about $15.00/mo when it launches early next year
* Integrated hosting with Adobe Business Catalyst which currently costs $9.00/mo.
* It's an Adobe Air application.

V Publishing
V If you stick with iWeb as your tool, set up FTP publishing
* Open iWeb '09 and click the name of the site you want to publish in the left sidebar. The Site Publishing Settings window appears.
V In the Site Publishing Settings window, choose FTP Server from the Publish to drop-down menu.
Enter the following information:
* Site name (optional).
* Contact email (optional).
* FTP server address (provided by your web hosting service).
* User name for publishing to your web hosting service.
* Password.
* Directory and path (if required by your web hosting service).
* Protocol and port (if required by your web hosting service).
* Click the Test Connection button to make sure you have entered your information correctly.
* Enter the URL for your website.
* Click the Publish Site button.
* Just means copying the files generated by your software and moving
* If it's not integrated in the app or if you prefer to do it manually
V FTP client software
* Transmit ($34.00) - FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3.
* CyberDuck (free) - FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3.
* Fetch ($29.00) - FTP, SFTP
V You'll use the information provided from your hosting provider for setting up the in-app or dedicated FTP client information
* Server, username, and password.
V Hosting
* Lots of option at a low monthly cost. Dreamhost, Bluehost, GoDaddy. Usually around $5.00/mo
* Some ISP also have hosting built into your Internet connection so check that.
V Go cloud based
* Basekit (starting at $10/mo)
* Squarespace (starting at 20/mo)
* These site offer themes and was to drag and drop and edit content web based interfaces
* Basekit has a process for converting PSD designs into custom templates
V If you do move to a new solution, don't forget.
V Move your custom domain or tell people where your new site is
* After the move you may want to a create a iWeb Page on the Mobile Me site the links to your new page.
V To move your Mobile Me personal domain
* Open a browser window and go to your web hosting service's site.
* Follow the site's instructions for configuring your personal domain. Note the CNAME (Canonical Name) record required by your provider.
* Go to your personal domain registrar's site and find the CNAME configuration section.
* Change the CNAME from to your web hosting service's address (this change may take some time to process).
* Sign in to
* On the Account page, click Personal Domain on the left.
* Click the Remove Domain button on the right to remove your configured personal domain from MobileMe.