Monday, August 22, 2011

What about iWeb? What will become of it?

Do you have many hours invested in web sites created in iWeb? It seems now that you will have to migrate your work to another provider and that components of your site such as your blog and other features will not transfer. Why is iWeb's fucntionality (at least some key components) being abandoned? What are your options? 

It is now seems that iWeb, and iDVD, will no longer be supported by Apple. This is evidenced by the fact that new Macs are shipping with iLife 11 installed but without iWeb and iDVD.  iWeb will still continue to work but without the following:

Features No Longer Available Once MobileMe is Discontinued:

◼ Password protection
◼ Blog and photo comments
◼ Blog search
◼ Hit counter

All of these issues can be replaced with 3rd party options. The RSS feed and slideshow subscriptions will still work on a 3rd party server if iWeb is used to upload the files to the server.  if the site is published to a folder first and the file uploaded with a 3rd party FTP client those two features will be broken.

There's another problem and that's with iWeb's popup slideshows.  Once the MMe servers are no longer online the popup slideshow buttons will not display their images.

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However, Roddy McKay and Old Toad from Apple Forums have figured out a way to modify existing sites with those slideshows and iWeb itself so that those images will display as expected once MobileMe servers are gone.  How to is described in this tutorial: #26 - How to Modify iWeb So Popup Slideshows Will Work After MobileMe is Discontinued.

Apple has announced that iLife is now an unsupported product and those iApps will only be available thru the App Store from now on.  However, there may be some copies of the boxed iLife 11 still on the shelves that would include iWeb and iDVD.  Those two apps were listed in small, gray text on the iLife 11 box that I bought. 

Apple support has confirmed that iWeb and iDVD are out of the iLife suite and are not being supported anymore. 

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