MacMost Now 565: iWeb Alternative: Google’s Blogger

A great alternative to iWeb and MobileMe web hosting the Google's free Blogger service. You can use your Google or Gmail ID and create blogs using various templates and features. It many ways it is more advanced than iWeb. You can even assign a custom domain, track statistics and post articles via email.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 565: iWeb Alternative: Google’s Blogger”

    Ian
    8 years ago

    Thanks for this Gary, very useful, as I was slowly beginning to worry what would become of my MobileMe website. Are you able to post Video/audio clips on the blog? Also, do you know of any good, but relatively straightforward to use website building programmes. iWeb is my only experience to date. Thanks

      8 years ago

      Yes. You can attach photos and video to a post in Blogger. I may look at some desktop applications for building sites later this summer. But I believe that online applications (Blogger, WordPress, etc) are a much better way to build sites.

    Tim
    8 years ago

    Nice Video Garry. I use Freeway (www.softpress.com) and does a lot more of the static HTML stuff iWeb did plus allows you to design your own Blogger page. Looking forward to the other tips.

    George
    8 years ago

    Thanks Gary, the info on alternatives to mobile me have been very useful.
    Keep up the good work, looking forward to more of your insights.

    Falconius
    8 years ago

    It seems that with the dissolve of programs such as iweb that allowed non technical users to create impressive websites, apple is choosing to focus more on connectivity rather than creativity. I always was drawn to apple since it embraced the philosophy that the act of creating is more important than the networking endeavors of microsoft. I guess with the coronation of i cloud, apple has tossed its’ once famed art brushes from “Paint” to the wind.

      8 years ago

      I would like to think that Apple just came to its senses. I think things like Google Sites are much better at “allowing non technical users to create impressive websites.” iWeb was an attempt for Apple to build something like that, but it failed.

    Jacquelon Manion
    8 years ago

    I have a question regarding switching to Google’s Blogger. I use IWeb to create my blog but GoDaddy to host. I understand that if I move to Blogger, Google must also host the my blog. My question is in setting up my blog with Blogger. I am not sure I understand how to setup my blog using my current domaine name. Should I setup the blog under a different name and then cancel GoDaddy. If I cancel GoDaddy now, my blog will be shut down. Please note that I tried to use WordPress but found it too difficult with my limited abilities. Thank you for your help.

      8 years ago

      There are many ways to do it. I would sit down with a blogger or hosting expert to find out more about all of them. But searching online turns up the information too, if you have some technical know-how. See http://help.godaddy.com/article/5112, for instance.

    i.m.joseph
    8 years ago

    Hello Again Gary,

    I was hoping that the iweb pages could be posted to any other web site or blogger site. Is this possible? And if so, how can we do it, please.

    thanks
    i.m.joseph

      8 years ago

      Yes, it can. In the Site Publish Settings for any iWeb site you have created, you can choose MobileMe, FTP Server or Local.

    newbie
    7 years ago

    “Dumb” question(s):
    1. within iweb, when you select publish locally to a folder, does this mean it just saves all the files to one place organized “as is” from iweb?
    2. if you do this, will you also then be able to publish to the web, either iweb or a new server such as godaddy, etc?

    I don’t want to go through the trouble of uploading all files to create something new for what i have on iweb
    (was basically just a portfolio type site with various media on it, i.e. print, radio spots, tv spots, etc. (some of which I no longer have access to)

      7 years ago

      1. Yes.
      2. You can then upload that folder to a web hosting service to put the site you have hosted there. It is a slow way to develop a site, as any changes you make mean replacing everything.
      You may want to look for another option as iWeb is pretty much dead. If you are set on using something like it (develop local, then upload) then look in the Mac app store for alternatives.

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