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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.
I mentioned earlier that iWeb '09 allows you to easily change the theme of your web pages. So if you ever get bored with the look of your site or you are thinking you pick the wrong theme to begin with, it's a simple matter to change themes. Let's start with the Melbourne page. One downside of changing a theme is that you have to do it on a page by page basis. You can't globally change the theme over every page. But in my opinion that's kind of a good thing because depending on what items you have placed on a page you might find that things have shifted around unexpectedly, specially if you have added extra images, text boxes or other objects that weren't part of the original template.
So it's kind of a good idea to have to open each page and make sure things are placed where you want them to be. So to change the theme of a page just click the Theme button and choose the one you want. I will go with the other theme that's new to iWeb '09, Leaf Print and just like that I have a brand new and radically different look for my page. I have a different color scheme, different colors for my links, and entirely different layout. And iWeb did a pretty good job of keeping things where they need to be considering that it rearrange the entire page in a matter of seconds.
Now this theme has a few less image placeholders than the one I started with. So two of my images are just kind of here in the middle of the page. I can either try to find the place for them on the page or if I don't really need them I can just select and Delete them both. My Google Map also got shifted to the left a bit, but I can just select that and drag that back into place. And since it seems to be a little wide for this theme, I can just make it little bit more narrow. But for the most part the changes are pretty minor, but it's really all going to depend on which theme you choose. Let's try another one. I'll go with Main Event. Now this one definitely needs some fixing. We have some text overlapping other text down here. We have images overlapping other images and so on.
This template obviously had only one placeholder image, the large image right here. So my two other images are just kind of hanging out up here. Let me just Delete those for a moment. And this placeholder image here is in more of a vertical orientation, so I'm seeing a different crop of my image than I was in my original theme. So you can see that changing the theme is easy, but in most cases you are going to have to do a little work, rearranging things once you make the change. Even if you switch back to your original theme, which in my case was Fine Line, you are going to find that you will still need to fix a few things to get everything back to the way it was, because I deleted all those images, now I just have the standard default placeholder images here.
Now as long as you haven't quit iWeb or published your site since changing your themes, you can choose Edit > Undo multiple times until you are back at the original version of your page. So if I use the keyboard command, the Command+Z just keep pressing that, I eventually end up back at the version I started with. Now if you are not exactly sure what affect the theme changes is going to have on your page, and really how could you? One thing you might want to try is to duplicate the page by right clicking it and choosing Duplicate and then using that copy of the page to mess around with. So now I have a copy of Melbourne page. It's labeled Melbourne 2, so now I can just play around with by picking different themes and seeing how they look.
Now if you decide not to make any changes you can always just delete the duplicate or if you manage to get the copy looking the way you want, you can delete the original and then just rename the copied version. But in this case, I'm going to delete the duplicate by right clicking on it and choosing Delete Page. So that's how you can change the theme of an existing site here in iWeb '09.
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