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iWeb '09 Essential Training

Using a personal domain name


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iWeb '09 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Using a personal domain name

When you publish your iWeb site to MobileMe, the default address of your site is web.me.com/ your MobileMe account name. But what if you want to use your own personal domain name? And what I mean by that is instead of giving people your web site address as web.me.com/ your MobileMe account name, you can give them a unique domain name like lynda.com or garrricchow.com, but not those two of course, since they are already taken. Well, one option is to purchase your own domain name and then host your site on a third party hosting service, but the downside of doing that is that some iWeb features just aren't available when you host your iWeb site on a non-MobileMe account.

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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

Using a personal domain name

When you publish your iWeb site to MobileMe, the default address of your site is web.me.com/ your MobileMe account name. But what if you want to use your own personal domain name? And what I mean by that is instead of giving people your web site address as web.me.com/ your MobileMe account name, you can give them a unique domain name like lynda.com or garrricchow.com, but not those two of course, since they are already taken. Well, one option is to purchase your own domain name and then host your site on a third party hosting service, but the downside of doing that is that some iWeb features just aren't available when you host your iWeb site on a non-MobileMe account.

Fortunately, iWeb and MobileMe give you the ability to direct your own domain name at your MobileMe hosted site, thereby letting you to take advantage of all the MobileMe and iWeb features, all at the same time, avoiding having to give your visitors the long web.mac.com/ your username web address. The first thing to do is to purchase your own domain name and you can do so with domain registrars like networksolutions, register.com or godaddy.com and there are many other registrars out there, but you would just go to any one of these sites to purchase your own domain name.

Now of course, many of the best domain names have been taken at this point, but if you can think of a domain name that hasn't been taken yet, you can purchase it, and then direct that domain and name at your MobileMe hosted site. Let's take a look at how to do this. In iWeb, we choose use File > Set up Personal Domain on MobileMe. That will take you to your browser. You have to log in, if you aren't logged in already. And once you are logged in, you will see a link on the left-hand side of the interface for personal domain. And then here on the first screen, you will find some more information telling you that to use MobileMe with your personal domain, you will need a registered domain name that you control. They say to use the domain registrar of your choice, Again I mentioned three of them, but there are many more out there. And you have to have at least iWeb '08 installed on your Mac.

Once you have those two things, you can click Add Domain, and then enter your domain name below. In my case, I have a website called garrickcentral.com. We have to type it again to confirm that it's our domain name that we typed right the first time. And then once you have done that, click continue, and then you will get further instructions here on how to setup your domain names information with your registrar, so that it points to your MobileMe account. So you can see it says, go to your registrar's website to find web.me.com as "www" CNAME or (alias) of your domain. If you need help creating CNAME, contact your registrar. Now this process will be slightly different with the registrar.

They each have different interfaces, and account management system setups. So it's going to be different. But just to give you an example, just creating new a tab here. I have mine registered with godaddy.com. So I would log into my account. Now I see the list of all the domain names that I own. I'm going to click the details for garrickcentral.com and here at godaddy.com to change my CNAME information, I click Total DNS Control and MX records, and here I would check www, and then edit that information, and here's where I entered that information that was given to me on the MobileMe page.

It tells me to enter web.me.com as the "www" CNAME information for my domain. So here I'll type in web.me.com, and again, this process is going to be different for every registrar. Be sure you read this instructions thoroughly on how to edit your CNAME, but basically once you have entered that information here, you click OK, and then it could take anywhere from couple of hours to maybe a full day before that information gets changed with your registrar. But once you have done that, return back to your MobileMe account, click Done, and you will get the message saying MobileMe is configured to host your domain.

In this case it is garrickcentral.com. By the way, this also where you would come to remove that domain information, but I'll leave that for now. I can return to summary and here is the summary for my MobileMe account and you can see I now have garrickcentral.com listed as my personal domain. Once the information gets updated at my registrar, from that point on, anytime anybody visits garrickcentral.com, will be taken directly to my MobileMe account without having to type web.mac.com/ my MobileMe account name. So you can see that the whole process is actually pretty easy.

All you do to start things off is go to iWeb, choose File > Set Up Personal Domain on MobileMe, and just follow the instructions

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