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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.
Many people believe a blog isn't really a blog unless you allow comments from your readers, which lets you to truly interact with your public and find out what they really think about you. And if you want to hear what your readers have to say, you can turn on comments in your blog. With your blog selected, open the Inspector, and then under the RSS Inspector, check Allow comments. iWeb gives you this notice telling you, or some might say warning you, that allowing comments gives your visitors the power to post messages at the bottom of your blog entries. So basically, anyone can say anything they want but as the blogger, you can manage and delete the comments if necessary. Notice that you can delete unwanted comments using iWeb or by visiting your site directly.
So you can do that either directly here from iWeb or going to your site. Also note that the comments feature is only available when you are publishing your site to MobileMe. So this won't work if you are publishing your site to a third party hosting service. So I'll click OK. Now the other option we have when you allow comments is Allow attachments, which allows your visitors to include files like music or videos when they make their comments. Just be aware that the attachments that do take up space on your MobileMe account although iWeb does limit attachments to 5 MB. But if you don't want people eating up your server space, just leave this unchecked. So let's publish the site with our changes and see how it looks. I will visit my site. I'll go to Blog. Notice now on the main blog page, next to each entry I have a display that says No comments, meaning nobody has left any comments on this blog yet. Let's go to one of these entries, and down at the bottom of the entry, we have the Add a Comment link. So if I click on that, it opens up a new window and anyone who visits my blog can type in a comment. Person leaving the comment can leave a name of their choice, and if they have a website or a link they want to add, they can put that in the URL field. And to prove that the person leaving the comment is actually a human and not some spam robot, they have to look at the image here and type in the letters and numbers that they see and then click Add Comment. I will close that window. And now you can see how the comments will appear on your blog pages. Now let's go back to iWeb, and iWeb usually checks for comments anytime you start the program up. So I'm going to quit iWeb and restart it. Notice the little dot has appeared next to the blog page, this tells me that it has found a comment, and right here on my main blog page, I see 1 comment listed here. If I go to the Entries, if you select that entry, you can see there is a dot there telling me that a comment has been added to this page. And right here in iWeb, I can see the comment. Now if I don't like that comment or I just don't want it on my page, I can just click the X to delete it and now if I go back to Safari, notice I don't even have to publish my site, notice that Publish Site isn't even an option right now. If I go back to Safari, and click the Refresh button to reload this entry page, notice the comment has been deleted just like that of the live website. Okay, so now you know how the commenting capabilities or your iWeb blog work. It's up to you to decide whether to use it or not, but if you are like most bloggers, you will relish to the feedback from your readers and you will keep the commenting turned-on.
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