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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've mentioned a couple times throughout these movies that you can create and manage more than one website in iWeb, and in this movie I want to explore that topic a little. Now depending on how you have your websites setup, you may or may not need a second site. If, for instance, your website is a general, all-purpose site about you, then you can probably just continue to add more pages about yourself and your personal activities to your existing site. But if you want to start posting pages that have little to nothing to do with your current site, for example, maybe you want to start a business related site that's separate from your personal site; it makes sense to create a second site.
To create a new site in iWeb, simply select File > New Site. And just like the first time you opened iWeb, you're presented with all the page themes and their templates. I'll go with Leaf Print this time around. That's the other new template in iWeb '09 in addition to Fine Line. Let's start with the About Me page. Remember, you can change your theme at any time if you change your mind. Now I'm on my way with creating the second site. The process is exactly the same as working with my previous site, just create new pages, pick a template and customize the pages. Notice both sites are listed in the sidebar.
So remember to name your site with a unique name. I'm going to call this one photojournal. Notice changing the name in the sidebar also changes the name in the Site name filed. So you could type in either one here. For this example, I'm just going to publish this single page as is so you can see how this works when I visit my site. I'll just click Publish Site and I'm publishing to my MobileMe account, which was the default setting, and now I'll visit my site.
So the URL or address for new site is web.me.com/ my user name /photojournal, which is the name of my site and then the page I'm on is About_Me.html. Now if I just go to web.me.com/ my account name, like so, the default site that still comes up is the Travel site. Now if at any time I want my photojournal site to be the default site for this address, all I've to do is go back to iWeb and drag my photojournal site up until it's the top item in the sidebar. Then I republish the site. Click Visit Site Now.
Now again, that still takes me to the default URL here, but now if I get rid of the photojournal/About_Me.html and just have web.me.com/garrickchowiweb09, now my photojournal site is the default site for that basic address. So that's how you work with multiple iWeb sites. You can create as many iWeb sites as you like or have room for on your hosting service. Also bear in mind that you're not limited to publishing all your sites on your MobileMe account. If you need or want to host one of your sites on a third party hosting service, just select that site and then choose FTP server for that particular site, and then fill out the information that your hosting provider provides to you as we discussed in a previous movie.
Now if you didn't watch that movie on publishing via FTP, be sure to go back and watch it for the necessary information and details.
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