Forum Question: Future of iWeb and MobileMe

Your latest video indicates we need to find a substitute for iWeb, but can’t we still use iWeb and post via FTP elsewhere? Is it not just the MobileMe service that is going away, or did I miss something about the future of iWeb?
Also, what you do is fantastic, Gary. I find your tutorials all timely and useful. This is the best apple site/service I have found. Thank you!
Michael Glavin

Comments: 3 Responses to “Future of iWeb and MobileMe”

    6/14/11 @ 8:23 pm

    Well, iWeb was not updated with iLife 11. So it is likely it will never be updated again.
    Without MobileMe’s web hosting service, Apple really doesn’t have any reason to update iWeb or even keep it running in future versions of OS X.
    Add to that the fact that I hate iWeb — I won’t hide that. It is a 1990s-style desktop-based web site builder. But we’ve had CMS (Content Management Systems) and online site building systems for a long time. That’s why I’ve never done any videos on iWeb, except for one on how to upload via FTP a long time ago.
    So while you most likely can use iWeb for years to come, keeping the old application around and using FTP, it is probably inevitable that eventually iWeb users will have to move on.
    Keep in mind that even if iWeb was still supported, and if MobileMe wasn’t going away, I would still recommend people switch to a CMS or online site builder. That’s how much I think that solution is superior to use iWeb.

    Michael Glavin
    6/16/11 @ 12:16 pm

    Thanks Gary. Can you recommend an application to replace iWeb? I don’t want to use a web based system because I want to keep my own files and switch hosts as necessary (I have my own URL). I just use iWeb because I have it, and works for the simple things I do on my site. But if there are superior options, I would love to hear about them.

      6/16/11 @ 10:18 pm

      I’ve seen a few others, but I haven’t used any so I can’t recommend one. Switching hosts with a CMS isn’t hard though. For instance, using WordPress it is just a matter or exporting and importing, or even easier if you can “migrate” from host to host. I’ve migrated a number of times. Some hosts will even do it as part of the sign-up fee.

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