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iWeb '09 Essential Training

Deleting and unpublishing sites


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iWeb '09 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Deleting and unpublishing sites

There may come a time when you want to completely remove your site from your MobileMe hosted account. Maybe you don't feel like working on the site any more or maybe you are going to be creating a brand new site and you just want to remove all traces of current site from your MobileMe account. You have already seen that deleting a page from your site is as easy as selecting it in the sidebar and hitting the Delete key on your keyboard. The pages are automatically removed and it also disappears from all the navigation bars on the other pages as well. And then when you click the Publish Site button, iWeb will delete that page from the published version of your site. Now if you have multiple sites like iWeb like I do here, deleting your second site is super easy. Just select the site, hit the Delete key and it's gone.

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iWeb '09 Essential Training
3h 30m Beginner May 13, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Manipulating and adjusting images directly in iWeb '09
  • Using built-in widgets to add interactivity
  • Importing movies from iMovie
  • Creating photo pages from iPhoto
  • Managing multiple sites
  • Using MobileMe with iWeb '09
  • Blogging and podcasting
  • Publishing a site via FTP
Subject:
Web
Software:
iWeb
Author:
Garrick Chow

Deleting and unpublishing sites

There may come a time when you want to completely remove your site from your MobileMe hosted account. Maybe you don't feel like working on the site any more or maybe you are going to be creating a brand new site and you just want to remove all traces of current site from your MobileMe account. You have already seen that deleting a page from your site is as easy as selecting it in the sidebar and hitting the Delete key on your keyboard. The pages are automatically removed and it also disappears from all the navigation bars on the other pages as well. And then when you click the Publish Site button, iWeb will delete that page from the published version of your site. Now if you have multiple sites like iWeb like I do here, deleting your second site is super easy. Just select the site, hit the Delete key and it's gone.

If you do this by accident which isn't that hard to do, because you just have to select it and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Getting your site back is just a matter of choosing Edit > Undo Delete Site. But make sure you don't quit iWeb before you select Undo or else your site will really be gone. But in this case, I do want to get rid of it so I'll just hit the Delete key again and it's gone. But if I try to delete my travel site now, I can't do it. iWeb doesn't allow you to delete your only site. To get rid of all of these pages you will have to select each of them one at a time and press the Delete key.

Now before we do so, let me show you how to make a backup of your site, just in case you change your mind later. I'm going to go to the Finder and in your Home folder in Library, Application Support, iWeb, you will find a single file in here called domain. This file actually contains all of your sites pages, images and all of its other related files. Before you delete your site, I suggest making a copy of this file and storing it somewhere else on your Mac. This is also how you would go about copying your iWeb site to another Mac or simply backing up your iWeb site.

If, for example, you are upgrading Mac and you want to move your entire site to your new computer, just copy this domain file into the same folder on your new Mac and then fire up iWeb. Everything should look exactly the same. I don't suggest working on your website on two Macs simultaneously though and Apple doesn't recommend that either. Only copy this file as a backup or to move it to another Mac. So I'm going to hold down Option key on my keyboard, just drag this to my desktop and that will make a copy of the file there. You might also want to do this if you are about to try something drastic to your website in terms of its design. By making a copy of the domain file to your Desktop or somewhere else you are free to do whatever you want to your current site and if you completely mess it up just drag the earlier copy back into the iWeb folder and you will have reverted back to the original.

So with this copy sitting safely on my Desktop, I can now go back to iWeb and start deleting pages. I'll just start with the bottommost page, although I should say that if you do delete an album page and again, in this case it holds three different photo galleries. If I delete the album page, those three photo galleries remain but they are now on their own separate pages and they appear in the Navigation bar. Just a little side note there but to delete these pages I just keep hitting Delete. Now when I try to delete the final page, the problem here is that iWeb won't let me have a completely blank site. It deleted that Welcome page but now it's telling me I have to choose another template. So I need to choose at least one template page. I'm just going to select the White template and choose the Blank page there. And now just type a message saying, This site is closed. It's been fun! Or something like that.

So now these people visiting your old address will know that the site was purposely removed and the problem isn't on their end. So when I click Publish Site, all those pages that I manually deleted will be removed from my MobileMe service space and just the single page will be up there letting people know that the site is gone. So I'll click Visit Site Now and you can see this is the only page that's available on the site now. But if you are in a situation where you want to completely remove a site all together from your MobileMe account, what you will have to do is go to your iDisk and again, we can do that by going to the Finder, choosing Go, iDisk, My iDisk. Go into the Web folder and inside the Sites folder again, this is where iWeb stores all of the files related to your iWeb sites and what's you want to do is just drag everything in here into the Trash.

Now you might not have authorization to drag everything out of here but go ahead and just drag everything and it won't delete the things that you don't have the option to. But notice it says these items will be deleted immediately. So I'll say Delete. Now depending on how large your site is it could take a while to delete all these files. So I'm getting this message saying "The operation can't be completed" because I don't have sufficient privileges for some of the items. So I'll OK. So some of these items do have to remain like this _gallery folder and the index.html file. But now if I go back and choose to visit my site again, notice I get this page not found message. So that site really is gone.

So I know I said earlier I don't recommend that you dig around in your iDisk Web folder, but this is really the only way to completely get rid of all your iWeb files from your MobileMe account. Just remember to make that backup of the domain file before you do so, because you never know when you might want to bring back a site you previously deleted. Again, if I made a horrible mistake here... Let me quit iWeb and I have my changed my mind, all I need to do is go back to my Home folder, Library, Application Support, iWeb and I can replace this current domain file with the one I copied previously. And now when I open up iWeb again, everything is back to the way it was.

And if I wanted to republish my site to the web, all I have to do is click the Publish Site button. Now its current grayed out but iWeb hasn't detected that I made any changes to my site. But if I just come in here and make a quick change, that immediately activates the Publish Site icon so now I can click that to republish my entire site to the web and all those files that I deleted from my iDisk will be automatically regenerated.

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