Jun 14th, 2012, 09:56 PM
With MobileMe disappearing on June 30th, I am going to be losing my website. I made it myself using iWeb because I am definitely not literate when it comes to building websites. Can anyone tell me where I can use iWeb or which website builder I can use to upload my website.
I am a definite newbie when it comes to these things so something easy would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know of a good free board to host my website.
I hope that I worded everything properly.
Jun 14th, 2012, 11:21 PM
JavaQueen - you can continue to use iWeb if you wish to maintain your website. The thing you will need to do is find another place on the internet to 'host' the site, when MobileMe vanishes.
There are various options - paid and unpaid.
You need a host that will allow you to FTP (File Transfer Protocol) your website from your computer to their server. This is pretty much guaranteed with whomever you decide to go with... it's a universal feature. On your Mac, you'll need an FTP program. A good free one is CyberDuck (http://cyberduck.ch/). A fabulous paid one is Transmit (http://panic.com/Transmit/) ($34 USD).
The procedure is simple: Once you have signed up with a new web host, they will provide you with the FTP information needed to do the upload.
Then all you do is change the setting in your iWeb website to use the FTP protocol instead of MobileMe. This is easily done - just click on the topmost item in the left column (where your pages are located). The screen will change from your website to the screen with information on MobileMe. There will be an option here to select FTP. Then enter the info provided by your webhost.
One of the free solutions is DropBox (http://www.dropbox.com). Get it, install it, and then follow these instructions (http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_host_your_website_dropbox).
For a paid solution - many, many options out there - I personally like MacHighway.com (http://www.machighway.com).
This topic did come up for discussion earlier - here's one thread (http://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/96973-will-apple-offering-website-storage-i-need-website.html) that may have some useful information.
Also - you didn't indicate whether you have a custom domain name for your website (like Coffee Recipes; Favorite Coffee Recipes Coffee Recipes Cookbook Coffee Links (http://www.javaqueen.com) or something). If so, you'll have to update the record at the domain name registrar to point to the location of the new website.
Jun 15th, 2012, 07:44 AM
Thanks for the information Mark, I am still a bit confused about how to go about it, that's what I liked about the iWeb - Mobile Me connection it made it easy for us to learn.........my website is for my piano teaching business so I do have a domain name that is registered.
Jun 15th, 2012, 10:06 AM
JavaQueen, the good thing is that you really don't need to change anything insofar as how you build your website - that process remains the same. And once you've changed the publishing information (from MobileMe to FTP-->Web host) it will be as invisible a process as it previously was.
There's no shame in finding someone with a bit more experience in these things to walk you through the change (or even do it for you)... afterward you just carry on merrily... ;)
Do note, however, that iWeb hasn't been updated in a looong time (and has been discontinued from further development), and while it produces a website that most web browsers can read, some (like Internet Explorer) have more problems than others.
Many of us iWeb users have switched to other programs (RapidWeaver, Sandvox, etc.), but none have the ease-of-use of iWeb.... there will be a learning curve should you decide to move to another program at some point.