There used to be a time when Apple only gave you one option when it came to publishing your iWeb sites: their own MobileMe service. Granted, several programs came out to circumvent this restriction, but it probably became clear to Apple that people wanted flexibility. So now you can save the site to your desktop or publish directly to whatever Web host you want just by plugging in the appropriate information. This article will explain how, but assumes you have some knowledge of FTP, your own space on a Web host (with appropriate paths, usernames and passwords) and a readymade iWeb site.
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Things you need
- Mac Running OS 10.5+
- iWeb '09
- Web hosting
Launch iWeb '09 (part of the iLife '09 package) by going to the Applications folder and clicking on its icon.
Open the site you want to publish.
Click on the "Site" icon on the left menu of the iWeb window.
Select "FTP Server" in the "Publish To" drop-down box.
Enter your Site Name and Contact Email in the respective fields.
Type in your server's address in the Server Address field. It should look something like ftp.servername.com.
Enter your Username and Password.
Click "Test Connection" if you're unsure of any of the information. It's always a good idea to test your connection first, just in case you mistyped anything.
Type in your website's URL (aka your Web address, for example, http://www.mysite.com).>
Click on the checkbox next to "Update my Facebook profile when I publish this site" if you want to notify Facebook every time you upload your site. This is entirely up to you.
Enter in your Facebook login information and click the "Login" button.
Go back through your site and make sure everything is the way you want it.
Click the "Publish Site" button at the bottom.
Click "Continue" on the Content Rights box that pops up. Your site is now ready for everyone to see.
Tips and warnings
- You can also publish to a "Local Folder" instead of an FTP server and use a third-party FTP program to upload the site.
- One thing about not using MobileMe to publish your site is that if you decide to use the blog feature, comments will be disabled since iWeb stores comments on iDisk, which is part of the MobileMe service.
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