Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

If the rumors are true then iWeb will go away along with MobileMe in 2012, but luckily for you there is plenty of time to look for alternative applications. Giles Turnbull offered up a few ideas on What To Do With Your iWeb Site that you should take a look at if you haven’t. I’d like to add to his advice by recommending four popular desktop web design applications that run on Mac OS X.

iWeb Replacements

Freeway Express – This popular HTML editor  is offered for $69 by Softpress and it has a lot to offer. You would be surprised by the plethora of features that you normally would not expect to find in such an affordable application. You can check out a complete feature set and a comparison between Freeway Express and Freeway Pro ($229). You can download a trial version of either one to give them a spin before handing over your hard-earned cash. The Express version would be a good place to start for iWeb users who can upgrade to the advanced version later.

Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

Sandvox – This is another popular website creation tool for the Mac from Karelia Software that sells for $77. It is probably one of the closest to iWeb when you compare the two. The only difference is that Sandvox is a lot more advanced with a broader feature set and it even looks a lot like iWeb. Therefore people who are currently using iWeb will probably feel comfortable with it.  It includes a lot of things to get you started like themes, objects which are akin to iWeb widgets, and a lot of flexibility.  Download a free trial version and give it a spin.

Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

Rapidweaver – This is another web design tool that is popular with a lot of Mac users it sells for $60 from Realmac Software. It works pretty much like iWeb offering templates, page editing, and a popular growing library of add-ons that are similar to widgets in iWeb. It goes a step further by adding another option called Stacks that even further enhances the features of Rapidweaver by including new ones made by third-parties or Realmac Software. Rapidweaver is expandable which is a very good reason to take a good look at it. Luckily just like all the others you can download a trial version to test. I think that iWeb users will be very comfortable with this application so check it out.

Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

Go To The Next Level  With This Advanced iWeb Replacement

Dreamweaver CS5 – This powerful web design tool from Adobe is aimed at professionals and some would say that it is the design tool to use for any professional web development project. That doesn’t mean that you cannot use it for your own projects, but be prepared to learn a lot since this application has a steep learning curve.  The price isn’t exactly bargain basement either since it sells for $399. If you think you’ve out grown iWeb or the other WYSIWYG editors listed above this is the application to consider replacing them with. You can check it out, explore all of the features it has, or download a trial version on Adobe’s Dreamweaver website.

Three Popular Applications That Can Replace iWeb & Another Takes You To The Next Level

Conclusion

These are only a few of the potential iWeb replacements out there. All of them require you to find a hosting service for your iWeb sites like Godaddy or Bluehost.

They are all WYSIWYG editor based website design tools with a plethora of features and the first three recommendations are going to be the closest to iWeb then the last one. They are also the easiest to use when compared to Dreamweaver. However, if you plan on becoming a professional web designer in a corporate environment one day then Dreamweaver is hard to beat and the one to take you to the next level in web design.

If you have an alternative suggestion for an iWeb replacement that isn’t listed here or personal experience with the applications above please tell us about it in the comments.


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  • Sylvantemplar

    I would list “learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript” as a final alternative to taking oneself to the next level.

  • OS2toMAC

    I second the motion.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Coda is as much an “advanced” iWeb replacement as Dreamweaver. And unlike Dreamweaver, people don’t have subconscious desires to vomit or shake uncontrollably when they’re about to use it. Coda’s awesome.

  • mrplowinc

    Freeway Express can be had for $29.99 on the Mac App Store at the moment.

    I like it. Has many features. I, personally find the layout control to be a little unintuitive but once you’re used to it it produces good results.

  • Allan Robertson

    Although I understand HTML and CSS. I use iWeb for the ease of use to quickly create pages. The days of hand coding every last tag for me is over, I will continue to use iWeb with another hosting service.

  • CC Woods

    Way over here on the other end of the spectrum, I’m finding tumblr to be a great replacement for iWeb. I just made the switch after not-hearing mention of it at WWDC. I find most websites are too busy (and slow) and if the core is supposed to be content, then this gets the info online more easily and lets people see it more easily. I think that makes it the most Apple-like of all. #cuttingoutthemiddleman #waveofthefuture

  • CC Woods

    Way over here on the other end of the spectrum, I’m finding tumblr to be a great replacement for iWeb. I just made the switch after not-hearing mention of it at WWDC. I find most websites are too busy (and slow) and if the core is supposed to be content, then this gets the info online more easily and lets people see it more easily. I think that makes it the most Apple-like of all. #cuttingoutthemiddleman #waveofthefuture

  • Andrei

    Since Black Monday, I’ve looked at many (Rapidweaver – even bought it in snap desperation, Flux, Freeway, Sandvox, WordPress, Posterous), and chose Weebly (http://www.weebly.com).
    Drop-down menus, audio/video players, embedded YouTube, site search, photo gallery/slideshow, shopping cart, (contact) forms, forum, blog, polls, automatic mobile versions of site (iPhone/iPad), site stats, SEO, site visitor file upload, password protection, super fast uploads, etc., etc. Redirecting DNS records is well explained and easy to perform.

    I couldn’t be happier – incredible options and ease of use. As I migrate my almost dozen iWeb pages to Weebly, I find myself smiling and laughing so often at the things I couldn’t previously do that are now a breeze and look absolutely great… 

    AND, it’s only $36/year (powerful, intuitive design PLUS HOSTING for 10 sites)… Bye-bye, iWeb! For a third of the price of MobileMe, now I get 3 times more  options…

  • KenFromEmpowerMac

    IWeb will not disappear with MobileMe. The application will continue to function, it just loses the easy web hosting.

    It is very easy to configure iWeb to point to one or more hosts. I have 7 different sites directed to 4 different hosts. Once configured, publishing is still just as easy as hitting the publish button.

    Yes, it appears iWeb is done, but there is still life left in it, and there is a chance we will still be able to direct it to iCloud.

  • GregsTechBlog

    I’d also make mention of Hype, in the Mac App Store. It makes it easy to make great looking HTML5 websites with a WYSIWYG interface. 

  • sdroffice

    I just read your article regarding iWeb, very helpful.

    I have a basic question that both yourself and others reporting on this subject keep missing.  Is iWeb going to end like Columbus falling off the edge of the earth?  My understanding with most programs is that they keep on running even after they are no longer updated. 

    Can one keep using iWeb for the next few years as long as we do not rely on MobileMe for the hosting component, is this correct or am I missing some salient point?

    Regards,
    Steve

  • Capt Slackship

    I’ll second that, for rapid web development on Mac I’ve found a combination of iWeb and Coda to be invaluable.

  • crateish

    I would avoid Godaddy, unless you like dealing with an convoluted and confusing control panel, who’s sole purpose is seemingly to slow you down with Constant upsale ads that frequently block your path to actual controls.

    And when you get to the controls, it turns out you are at the wrong controls and the hunt starts all over…

  • robgilgan

    I’m a Rapidweaver fan – great user community and plenty of developers. That said, I think the future is the Squarespace model – entirely online, flexible, backed by an involved design and development community. 

  • John McLachlan

    Agreed – heard nothing but bad stuff about godaddy.   Had good dealings with Hostmonster myself, but check the ‘hosting rating’ sites and find someone a little better than GD…

  • JC

    I to will second that. Coda is amazing, and has a much better user interface than Dreamweaver. 

  • Meg

    Because I’ve always been a better designer than coder, I use a Photoshop or PS Elements plugin called Sitegrinder. Worth it.

  • Beast_m

    dreamweaver sucks

    i rather make a website using plain code

  • Mike

    Nice looking site btw

  • prharris2

    There are a lot of tools out their (ha ha OK).
    Firebug is a free browser plugin – firefox, safari(?) that lets you anylize  and make changes to any site on your browser.  The changes aren’t to the actual site – it’s great way to experiment.

    Programs I’ve heard good things about: espresso, flux, css edit

    I’ve had good success with rapidweaver in tandem with css edit.  It has a great community on line and tons of support.

  • prof_peabody

    Disagree with this advice.  RapidWeaver and the other one are definitely drop in replacements for iWeb, but the “next level” is not full-on Dreamweaver.  Anyone who likes iWeb will be stymied by the complexity of Dreamweaver IMO.  

    My advice on the next step up would be a basic HTML editor like ‘Taco HTML’ or ‘Coda’.  Much simpler.  

  • prof_peabody

    Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with doing it old school, using Photoshop, chopping up the picture and sticking it in tables either.  “Real” Web designers will laugh at you, but it works, you get excellent results, and it’s compatible with every browser out there.  

    You have to FTP the results to your site, but I never understood why having the FTP element ‘built-in’ to the app really makes it any better or easier to understand anyway. 

  • CharliK

    I got a hold of MacFlux myself and I’m rather impressed with it. 

    As for the whole ‘iweb is dead’ thing. I won’t be shocked if Apple announces some new service to take its place. something perhaps that is mainly online (in the style of blogger, etc) than computer  based. After all, it is Steve Style to answer questions but leave off the ‘however’ that gives away that there’s something going on. And the kid did ask about iWeb by name, not the notion of Apple doing web site software/services all together

  • CharliK

    while it might be compatible it is shoddy (not excellent by any stretch) and it will be highly ineffective for mobile devices because of horizontal scroll etc

    It is really not that hard to learn a little basic code, which is the true ‘old school’ not this lazy photoshop etc nonsense

  • James Katt

    You forgot Flux 3 – the Dreamweaver killer.

  • emrickenoch

    When PFGBest wanted to create the world’s first real-time FOREX quotes app, they chose McGinley Media. mobile website designers
    mobile application design

  • archiea

    david, thank you for your recommendations.  I was just scratching my head for a solution.  while I have been promising to teach myself drreamweaver, for now, I just need a means to migrate and manage my current iWeb site. Thanks agaiN! 

  • thechels

    iWeb will continue working for a while (it’s working with Lion), but I don’t think there will be anymore updates/support. Probably best to start experimenting with something else while you still have iWeb to fall back on.

  • thechels

    Add me to the not-fans of GD! I’m with Hostgator – IMAP email included, free domain transfer w/ hosting plan, unlimited bandwidth, and most importantly: EXCELLENT 24hr support

  • Ploader

    Try Goldfish 3.6 http://www.fishbeam.com/en/

    Not bad at all and it both Mac and Windows versions available.

  • Mrgnsms

    I have tried all three of these in the demo version and have found them really inadequate when compared to iWeb. They all are clunky and inelegant when trying to work with images and customizing the templates. I am hoping that Apple reconsiders. This might be so as the current site still offers iWeb but does not mention MobileMe. A great host is MacHighway. It has strong support, a great knowledgebase and uses a standard cPanel. It is also reasonably priced.

  • Morgan Vierheller

    I plan to use iWeb as long as I am able. It is far better than any of the suggested replacements. Although Rapidweaver isn’t too bad and would be adequate had I never used iWeb. Dreamweaver is unnecessarily complicated. It continually gets in its own way.
    I have switched to MacHighway as my host and use Dropbox as a replacement for iDisk. Both have been great choices so far. MacHighway gives excellent support and Dropbox works just like iDisk without being connected to any particular host. I agree with whomever said that Apple will come up with an alternative to iWeb to create websites. They will probably move to a software free big fee type that seem popular now and would fit with the model of everything being online and less in one’s own computer.

  • Morgan Vierheller

    Good to know about its compatibility with Lion. After losing the use of 30% of my fonts when I ‘upgraded’ to Snow Leopard, I am wary of ‘updates.’

  • Charlie

    I moved by iWeb blog to WordPress using this awesome tool;

    http://www.ragesw.com/products

  • tax attorney

    The new Sandvox update is more good has some speed increases, and a boatload of fixes and enhancements.

  • Mhd59

    i have been using all this software and much more and let be honest here THE BEST will have to be ADOBE Dreamweaver and for many people with LOT OF TIME THIS not a big problem to create a good website JUST TIME TO LEARN. of course if you wanted to be more practical and have a easy way to update SO TAKE RAPPIWEAVER, better than most WITH addition of the ADDS ON.
    You can try as well the NEW “MUSE” from ADOBE, not so bad in the front but limited on the back, and they will host your site as well ???? great deal

    well no matter what programs you will use if you wanted your website to be successful and highly visible YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY search engine to be linked properly THAT THE WAY this day…MONEY MONEY MONEY……

    Maximin Lida Mac specialist since 1984
    http://www.MHD59.com

  • Maximin Lida

    i have been using all this software and much more and let be honest here
    THE BEST will have to be ADOBE Dreamweaver and for many people with LOT
    OF TIME THIS not a big problem to create a good website JUST TIME TO
    LEARN. of course if you wanted to be more practical and have a easy way
    to update SO TAKE RAPPIWEAVER, better than most WITH addition of the
    ADDS ON.

    You can try as well the NEW “MUSE” from ADOBE, not so bad in the front
    but limited on the back, and they will host your site as well ???? great
    deal

    well no matter what programs you will use if you wanted your website to
    be successful and highly visible YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY search engine to
    be linked properly THAT THE WAY this day…MONEY MONEY MONEY……

    Maximin Lida Mac specialist since 1984

    http://www.MHD59.com

  • iSad

    I love my iWeb built site. Then I bought myself a brand new iMac and surprise no iWeb included! Didn’t think I needed to save my oldie 2007 iLife disks so I didn’t. So I have no iWeb and my site is just sitting there in the universe. Have tried RW and SB demos. But in both places I have tried to move the graphics around to any position I want as in iWeb. Doesn’t work. Any recommendations. That’s all I care about really. My site was more picture/graphic heavy and less text … don’t want any DW (had that nightmare program at work). HELP!

  • Jaypitwo

    Now there is MUSE from adobe but again has to be posted to an exterior site instead of having the possibility to install the site on your own ftp. ALSO you will have to pay 180 $ us a year ’cause the app won’t be sold but like rented !!!!

  • Robert Roll

    Do you still need a copy of 2007 iLife?  I’d be happy to share mine, if you need it.

  • Michelle Lee

    Perfect post. Here’s a tool that lets youbuild any type of web app widget in minutes, without coding http://blog.caspio.com/web_app… fortune/

  • mrbob81

    Hear you, GD can get very confusing and navigating is difficult. I use FATCOW, reasonable, easy to use and they have an online chat 24/7. Support is great via chat or by phone. Never had a problem with them. Try ‘em you’ll like ‘em.

  • bdkennedy

    I really don’t understand how you can use DreamWeaver as an alternative to such a simple product as iWeb.  DreamWeaver is an outdated behemoth of outdated code that requires a substantial learning curve and investment.

    Freeway is not intuitive, lacks multiple undo and hasn’t see a major update in 3 years.

    Rapidweaver doesn’t allow you to create a web page from scratch without an optional plugin purchase. You can only use templates.

    The only good iWeb alternative that I have found is Goldfish Pro, and while it’s mostly bug-free, it lacks customer support.

    Flux is a UI mess of confusion that requires almost as much of a learning curve as Dreamweaver

  • theperfectnose

    Thanks for this, but what about Freeway and Flux?

  • bisonby

    Looks like an iWeb replacement may be coming out. Not much information yet just this;

    http://www.allaboutiweb.com/2012/12/iweb-replacement-app-on-its-way/

    And a sign up form here;

    http://www.iwebreplacementapp.com

    I hope it’s good. The current alternatives aren’t as easy to use as iWeb.

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