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With iWeb '09 you now have the ability to publish your iWeb websites to not just the MobileMe account but to virtually any other web hosting service of your choice, using FTP. To do so, select the name of your site from your iWeb sidebar and from the Publish to: menu you can select FTP Server. This is also the menu where you can choose to publish to your MobileMe account or to a local folder on your Mac. But we're looking at the new FTP options in this example. So I'll choose FTP Server. Then enter your site's name if you want it to be different than the name you've already given it in the sidebar. Maybe I want to be more specific here.
I'll just call this MelbourneTrip. You also have the option of entering a Contact email. If you've added an email me button to your website, the address that you enter in the Contact email field will receive the messages people send you using that button. Next under FTP Server Settings you want to enter your FTP Server Settings. Now I want to stress that these settings are provided to you by your site's hosting provider and the information is going to be unique to every individual. So if you don't know what information to enter in these fields, be sure to call or email your hosting service for the information that's specific for your site.
In my case I'm going to host my iWeb site on a website I own called surfgroundswell.com. So I enter the FTP information for my website, and my login information. And again, this is going to be different for every single website. Now in my case I've already created a folder on my server called trips. So I'm going to let iWeb know that I want to publish my iWeb site into the folder on my server called trips. And I plan on putting all of the travel websites that I create an iWeb into that trips' folder.
Under Protocol I'm going to stick with FTP again, if you're supposed to select something different here, your Web Hosting Provider will let you know if you're supposed to select one of these other options. Now under Website URL I'm going to type the address of my website. In this case I'm adding /trips at the end, because that's the folder I'm publishing into. And then you can click the Test Connection button to have iWeb try to connect your site using the information you've entered here. Then I get the message, Testing succeeded, I can now publish my site to the selected FTP Server. If iWeb reports a problem connecting to your site, check your settings and try again.
So now we're ready to publish. With my site selected in my sidebar, I just come down to the bottom of the iWeb window and click Publish Site. I get some messages saying iWeb is preparing the pages, and then I get this message telling me that publishing will not continue in the background and I'm free to work on other things in iWeb or go grab a cup of coffee or whatever. Click on OK, and you can keep an eye on the status of your upload by looking at the icon next to your site's name in the sidebar. If you're not as enthralled by watching the progress as I am, you can go work on another iWeb site or do something else until your site is published.
The amount of time it takes to publish your site depends on the size of your site and the speed of your Internet connection. All right, so iWeb is now telling me my site has been published, it gives me the actual location of the website by sending an email to my friends with a link to the website in it, or I can choose to visit the site myself now. I'll go ahead and do that. So it probably pops open, I can see the address of the website here and my page should load in just a moment. There is my site sitting live on the web. I can read through my site, check it out, click some of my links and everything appears to be working. Again, you can see in the Address Bar up here that my site is stored inside that trips folder that I specified in my FTP Server information. Let's got back to iWeb.
Now that my FTP connection is all set up, if I make any changes or edits to my pages, uploading these changes is a simple matter of just clicking the Publish button again. So, for instance, if I come into this page here and I just change some text, maybe I change this from late August to early September and save that. Any pages that I've updated since I last published my site are highlighted in red over here in the sidebar. That makes it easy for me to know that this particular page needs to be republished. Since iWeb already has my FTP information stored, it's just a one- click step to click Publish Site again, and send the changes to the live site on the web.
Since that was just the text change the upload happened very quickly and I can visit my site now to see the change right here on my live website. So that's how we set up and use the new FTP publishing capability of iWeb '09.
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