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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.
The purpose of iWeb is to make it super easy for anyone to use media from the other iLife applications to create and publish personal web pages. With a few clicks, you can create a page with some text telling the world all about yourself, add a few pictures, maybe a video or a song, and then publish it to the web. And you don't need to know a thing about web design, or how to write HTML, or how to use more complex web design programs to do it. Now with that said, iWeb isn't even remotely as powerful or flexible a web design program as say Adobe Dreamweaver. So if you are an experienced web designer who is used to working with more advanced programs, you're probably going to feel limited by iWeb.
iWeb does come with some great looking page templates that fit the needs for just about any type of page you might want for your site and they really look great. But they are templates and even though you can customize them to suit your taste, there are certain things that can't be changed at all, like where your navigation bars appear on your page. So iWeb isn't for someone who is looking to make a career out of web design. But if you are a person who doesn't know and probably doesn't want to know about web design, HTML, or CSS, you're probably mainly interested in sharing information about yourself, your friends and family, or photos and videos from your recent vacation, you won't find an easier to use program than iWeb that produces better looking pages that are a snap to manage.
All you have to do is import your pictures into iPhoto, or edit your videos in iMovie like you normally do, and then from directly within iWeb, add your media files to your web pages. Now if you are not familiar with using the other iLife apps, I suggest to you, check out those tutorials on the lynda.com Online Training Library first because iWeb is really about talking all the content from those other iLife applications and putting them onto web pages. Sure, you can create all-text web pages but who wants to spend time just reading about your vacations? The web is a multimedia experience, so you should definitely spice up your pages with photos and videos. All right, so that just a quick one down of what iWeb is and what it's for.
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