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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 the previous movie we looked at the various types of links you can create in iWeb. We saw that you can select any text or graphic, enable it as a hyperlink and then specify it as an internal link to one of your own pages and external link to any page out on the web, or you could link to a file or create an e-mail link. In this movie I want to look at the built-in Navigation Bar which iWeb automatically updates with links to every page in your site. In actuality, there is not too much to say about the Navigation Bar. By default it appears on every page of your website and every page you create appears in the Navigation Bar.
Right now I only have the Welcome page and the Melbourne page on my site. I'm going to click the Add Page button to add another page and I'll just pick the Photos template for now. Notice that Photos is immediately added to the Navigation Bar on all pages. So on the Welcome page I see it on the Navigation Bar, on the Melbourne page in the Navigation Bar and its right there on the Photos page as well. So this is pretty convenient in most cases. You don't have to worry about manually creating links to the various pages in your site each time you create a new page. Now the Photos page appears as a second item in my Navigation Bar because I had the Welcome page selected when I created my new page. So the Photos page appears right underneath it here on the sidebar.
If you want to rearrange the order of the pages in the Navigation Bar, just drag their order here in the sidebar. So if I drag pages down till I see that line up appear and release, you can see it immediately switches to be the last item in the Navigation Bar. But there will be times when you don't want a page to appear in the Navigation Bar. For example maybe you've created a page that you only want certain people to see which you will allow them to do by providing them with the exact address of the page, maybe in a e-mail rather than clicking a link on the Navigation Bar that every visitor in your site can see. To prevent a page from showing up in the Navigation Bar, select the page in the sidebar, then go to the Page Inspector and go to Page. By default every page has Include page in navigation menu checked. Simply uncheck it and it's immediately removed from the Navigation Bar. That's all there is to it.
Now as I said in most cases the Navigation Bar is your friend. It creates all the links to all the pages in your site and you can choose not to include specific pages in the Nav Bar. But there may be times when you want to get rid of the Navigation Bar entirely. Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this. You can't just select the Navigation Bar and hit Delete. Instead you have to select each page and uncheck in the Page Inspector, Display Navigation menu and that actually does get rid of the Navigation Bar entirely. It's not that big of deal or that time consuming to uncheck each page but would be nice if there were a global way to get rid of the Navigation Bar. But as of this recording, there is no way to do this. You can't even change the location in the Navigation Bar. You can move it up and down, but you can't place it at the bottom of the main content of your page for example. So if I go back to the Melbourne page here, you can see I can select the Navigation Bar and move it down but I can't move it into the main portion of the page.
So there are some aspects of control you have to give up in exchange for the overall ease of use of working with iWeb. I'm going to go ahead and delete that Photos page I created by selecting it in sidebar and hitting Delete. I'll just save my site and we can move on to the next movie.
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