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Apple iWeb for Mac

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iWeb 09 is Apple's Web site design and publishing tool. With it you can lay out your Web site without knowing HTML or CSS, apply preconfigured themes, and publish the result through FTP to a Web hosting company. There's a lot of functionality built into iWeb 09, making Web design possible for those who are not technical.

The iWeb 09 interface is designed to guide you step-by-step through each part of the design process. Start by choosing a theme from a list of supplied templates, then design page by page by replacing placeholder content with your chosen content. You can add media from files or from your camera with automatic resizing. Customization of the templates is quite easy, using drag-and-drop. Add blogs and podcasts to your site with a click! There are some really useful layout capabilities as well as neat features like the ability to easily embed maps. Finally, publish to an FTP server or a MobileMe account. The entire process is simple and lets anyone design a Web site.

While the sites iWeb 09 provides are templated, the ability to customize reduces the cookie-cutter Web site design problem. We like how simple iWeb 09 is to use. Even someone with no experience in Web coding can create and publish a site in under 30 minutes. Sure, there are more powerful Web design tools on the market, but there aren't any as easy!

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "iWeb is fine, this file doesn't work"

    April 20, 2013  |   By jtowle2001

    Version: Apple iWeb 3.0.4

    Pros

    I ended up getting the update at the Apple support site.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1413

    It will UPDATE an existing version of iWeb 3.xx, not sure if it will install as a new version

    Cons

    The file I downloaded got a complaint from the OS telling me the certificate was out of date (first problem). Then I ignored that error and got the file and the MAC OS then said I didn't have the right version to be updated by this file.

    Summary

    When I grabbed the 3.04 update from the apple site (above) it worked fine, installed, so I'm a happy camper.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "perfect for newbies"

    November 22, 2012  |   By jhencken

    Version: Apple iWeb 3.0.4

    Pros

    with a little practice you can create a very handsome website; it's also easy to alter and update it.

    Cons

    Apple is phasing this program out. Updates will no longer be offered, and eventually it won't work any more Pity.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great For Easy Sites, But Not For Advanced Webmasters"

    October 30, 2011  |   By unc2000

    Version: Apple iWeb 3.0.4

    Pros

    -Easy to use drag and drop interface
    -Very customizable
    -Import media with the Media Browser in iLife
    -Publish to FTP server or local folder (MobileMe is fading, so that is not good for hosting..)
    -Takes very little time to make with the various themes
    -No knowledge of HTML, Java, or CSS required.
    -Makes embedding/using gadgets very easy

    Cons

    -Does not allow HTML editing; you must get a text editor, and revise after you publish the site
    -Can be fussy about opening a different Domain file than the one it usually uses
    -Sometimes loses items on the page when publishing
    -No drop-down menus

    Summary

    If you don't like to work with code, this is the perfect site builder for you. It's intuitive interface, drag and drop gadgets, easy publishing, and ability to do a lot of customizing is great.

    However, it is not good for a professional design suite (obviously). It does not allow coding, which can get annoying.

    All in all, a GREAT product for people to use to create easy websites.

    The Bottom Line:
    Does exactly what it's supposed to do, but it would be great if it could do a bit more complex things.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "easy and simple"

    October 19, 2011  |   By cr1m50n_gh05t

    Version: Apple iWeb 3.0.4

    Pros

    easy and simple

    Cons

    easy and simple

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