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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.
iWeb, being an Apple product, is definitely designed to work best with the MobileMe hosting service, but you can take sites you create in iWeb and publish them to other hosting services. And you can pretty much go about creating a website in iWeb, as you would, even if you were planning on using a MobileMe account for hosting. But there are few things you need to be aware of. First of, certain features of iWeb pages are only available when published on a MobileMe account. For example, the Hit Counter, which tracks the number of visitors to your site will only function on a MobileMe hosted website. If you are planning on hosting your site elsewhere, don't bother adding the Hit Counter to your pages. Other features like blog comments or password protecting your site, also only work if you are hosting the site on a MobileMe account.
And I'll be talking about password protection in the next movie. So how does it work when you want to publish your iWeb Site to a third party hosting service? Well basically, when you sign up with a web hosting company, they'll provide you with a user name and a password to access the service base you are renting from them. They will also provide you with the address of the server space, so you can transfer your website files to the sever. The most common method for transferring your files to a server is through FTP or File Transfer Protocol. And a brand new feature of iWeb '09 is the ability to publish your sites to non-MobileMe hosting services by FTP. In previous versions of iWeb, you had to go through a process that involved exporting your site to a folder, and then using a third party FTP program to transfer the site to your hosting service.
But here in iWeb'09, the FTP process is built-in and super easily used. And before I publish my site, I'm just going to a little bit of clean up here. To make the uploading go a little bit quicker in this for example, I'm just going to delete my podcast out of here, and so I'll get rid of the blog as well, don't need the blank page, and let's get over to the movie page and insert some larger movies on there as well. Just delete those. And again, the only reason I'm doing this is just to make the upload process go a little bit quicker for this example. But in general, it is a good idea to go through your entire site and get rid of any pages that you do not need in it, before you upload your site live to the web.
Once you are ready to publish your site, select the name of the site in the iWeb sidebar, and then from the Publish To menu, you can select FTP sever, and as we have already seen, this is also where you can choose to publish to your MobileMe account or to a local folder on your Mac, but since we are looking at the new FTP options, in this example, I'll choose FTP server. Then you can enter your site's name, if you want it to be different than the name you have already given it, and you also have the option of entering a contact email address. So if you have added an email me button to one of the pages in your website, the address you enter in this contact email field, will be the address that receives messages sent to you from the website.
Next under FTP server settings, you want to enter your FTP sever settings. Now these settings are provided to you by your site's hosting provider. This information is going to be unique for everyone. So if you do not know what information to enter in these fields, be sure to call or email your hosting service for this specific information you need for your site. Now in my case, I'm going to host my iWeb site on a website I already own called garrickchow.com. So I'm going to enter my hosting info here, and again, this is completely unique to my particular website. You'll be entering your own information, then I'll enter my Username and a Password. Now in my case I'm going to enter a folder called travel in the directory path field, and the only reason I'm doing this is because I have already created a folder on my sever called travel, because I really do have a website at garrickchow.com, and I do not want to replace it with this example iWeb site.
When you are entering your own FTP server settings, you won't have to put anything in the directory path field, unless your hosting provider has specified that you do so. And if that's the case, I'll tell you what to put in this field. Under Website URL, you should put the address for your site, http://www.your site's name, and again, so I'm putting this in the travel folder, I'm going to add , although you probably will not have to do that when you enter your own website URL here. You can click test connection to have iWeb try to connect to your site using the information you have entered here. It tells me testing has succeeded, and I can now publish my site to the selected FTP server, I'll click OK.
If you get a message saying that there is some sort of problem connecting to your site, just double check your information here and try again. So now when we are ready to publish, I'm just going to Save any of my information here, and with my site selected, I'm just going to click publish site to send my entire site to my iWeb hosting service by FTP. Our publishing continues in the background. So my site has been published, and just like when we publish to a MobileMe account, we have the option of clicking the Announced button to send an email to your friends, letting them know about my site and sending them a link. I can click Visit Now to Visit the Site, or just click OK to dismiss this dialog and continue working on my site, but let's click To Visit Now. So here I'm in my web browser and you can see I'm at garrickchow.com/travel. That's the folder I put my site into, and of course travel is also the name of my iWeb site, which is why you see travel twice in here, but here we're looking at my site live on the web on a non-MobileMe hosting service.
I can see even the features like skimming over my photos in my album still work. So now that my FTP connection is all setup, if I make any changes or edits to my pages, uploading these changes is a simple matter of just clicking the publish site button again. So that's how we setup and use the new FTP publishing capability of iWeb '09.
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