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Anyone looking for a fast and easy way to build a great web site can use iWeb to bring together and post photos and videos that were created using other iLife '09 applications. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the basic functions and the new features of this application in iWeb '09 Essential Training. Garrick shows how to create and publish everything from basic web pages containing text and images to more involved pages with video. He also demonstrates how to create blogs and podcast pages. Exercise file accompany the course.
In this final chapter of movies, I'd like to go over some issues that specifically concern uploading or publishing your iWeb pages to the Web. Most of these movies are going to deal with publishing to MobileMe, but I've included a movie on how to publish to a Non-MobileMe hosting service using FTP. Now I already went over the basics of publishing to a MobileMe account in the first chapter, but I'll go over them again here quickly just as a review. First of all, you of course need to have a MobileMe account, and you can sign up for a trial account by going to mobileme.com. And that will give you enough storage space to test that iWeb and other MobileMe offerings, and if you decide later on that you'd like what the service has to offer, you can convert over to a full MobileMe account.
Once you have account activated, whether it's a trial or full account, open up your System Preferences, go to the MobileMe pane, and be sure to enter your user name and password here. I have already entered mine in here, my trial account is garrichchowiweb09, and I can see my account status information here. Once you have your MobileMe account information filled in, start up iWeb, and begin building your pages. When you are ready to publish, you click the Publish Site button, and that's pretty much the process we have covered up until this point. And honestly that's pretty much all there is to publishing to a MobileMe account at least in operational terms.
What I want to do in this movie is take a closer look at where MobileMe sticks your website on its server. In case you are not aware of this, when you sign up for a MobileMe account, one of the services you get is your own 10 Gigabyte iDisk. Your iDisk is sort of a virtual hard drive. You can mount it to your desktop like any other hard drive except the contents of the iDisk are actually stored on the MobileMe servers, so it's kind of like a slow hard drive. But the advantage is that you have access to this drive from anywhere. So if you have a file stored on it and you are hundreds of miles from home, all you need is a computer with Internet access, and you can get your files off your iDisk.
Now when you create and publish an iWeb Website, guess where your website is stored? That's right, on your iDisk. Now you can get to your iDisk from the Finders, let me click on my Desktop to bring the Finder forward, and from here you can choose Go, iDisk, My iDisk. This eventually mounts your iDisk on your desktop. So now I'm looking at my iDisk and all of its contents. If you have your Mac's preferences setup to display hard drives and Disk images on your desktop, you will see an iDisk icon on your desktop as well.
After you publish your iWeb site, you'll find a folder on your iDisk called Web and inside that folder you will find folder called Sites. And this is where you'll find all the iWeb sites and their pages that you have published, and that's why you can have multiple iWeb created sites on a single MobileMe account, and we'll be taking a look at that a little bit later in this chapter. You can see here I have a Travel folder, and that connects all the files of folders that iWeb generated for my site. Now I only show you this, because I want you to know where your iWeb files are stored, so if you ever go poking around in your iDisk, you'll know where this Web folder is.
I don't recommend you move anything around or go changing anything inside this folder. iWeb manages everything that goes on in here, so there is very little reason for you to do anything yourself. Just do all of your management from iWeb. If you change a page name or delete a page, iWeb dutifully renames the page or deletes it when you hit the Publish button. You don't have to worry about all the pages sitting on your iDisk and taking up space. So again, don't make it a habit of touching anything in this folder and just let iWeb do the work. Okay, so that's a little bit about where iWeb actually stores the files when you publish your site here in MobileMe account.
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