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I'm looking for some help with iWeb. I was disappointed to find that the Mac OS X Leopard book didn't cover the basics for this like with the other "free programs". My wife would like to setup a website and some basics would be all we need. The actual web page design is easy enough, but I've never setup a website before and don't know what some of the pitfalls might be or how to get the name she'd like for her website.
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EMPLOYEEI’m glad we can help0Hi Brian,
We have a PDF called Take Control of iWeb that sounds like it could be exactly what you need. It's available from our store for $10.
Here's the description:
Learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb!
Apple's iWeb aims to help you build an attractive Web site quickly and easily, but not all of iWeb's features are fully explained. If you want step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips, Web pro Steve Sande can help. In Take Control of iWeb, Steve walks you through all the steps for building an iWeb site and uploading it to .Mac or to another Web host. You can look over his shoulder as he enhances iWeb's templates with a designer's eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha.
Steve teaches you the best ways to make all types of iWeb pages-including blog, podcast, photo, and movie pages-and he covers topics that go beyond the basics and way beyond the online help. You'll learn how add special elements to your site: iPhoto albums and galleries, YouTube videos, Google AdSense ads, Google maps, and forms that integrate with Google Docs. You'll also find coverage of how to edit graphics so your site loads faster, how to import podcasts and videos, how to make image maps, and even ideas for working with CafePress, Google Checkout, and Zen Cart to create an online store.
Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:
# How do I create graphical effects like those in the above clickable images?
# What are smart guidelines for naming sites and Web pages?
# What's the deal with iWeb Domain files?
# What URL will my home page end up with?
# How do I create an RSS feed for my blog?
# How do I make an image map? (There is a way!)
# Can I create an entire online store with iWeb?
# How do I edit a graphic so its background color matches the color of my page?
# What if I don't want to publish to .Mac?
# What if I want to publish to .Mac, but with my own domain name in my URL?
For a more basic overview, this article from Macworld.com covers the basics of building a website with iWeb.
You might also be interested in this article from The Street that discusses choosing and registering a domain name.
Please feel free to check in with us about other questions you have along the way. We'd be glad to point you to resources for whatever you encounter.
If you find you want a more general (not iWeb-specific) and in-depth resource on building a website, check out Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, which explains how to get your site up and running quickly and correctly.
We do have a PDF on iWeb called "Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08" which you might find helpful. You can find that here - http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781933671...
Here's an article on our site called "Putting iWeb to the Test" -
This site has some video tutorials -
And here's a link to Apple's iWeb tutorial -
I hope that helps,
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