Will iWeb Live? The Answer Is A Mixed Bag [Ask MacRx]

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As Apple pulls us all forward into the Next Great Thing, some widely-used Previously Cool Things get left behind. It’s happened with HyperCard, PageMill, and all PowerPC-only applications. Today one reader ponders the uncertain future of his favorite program, iWeb:

I bought my first Mac in ’85… Being an Old’nAging Geezer I saw that an encroaching Class of ’61’s 50-year Reunion deserved a website so I volunteered, commandeering iWeb for the very first time (successfully aided by FileZilla and my generous wonky Mac-pal Greg) to ultimately be rewarded by several of my classmates and a few fanboys’ sporadic kudos–AND proving once again that old, time-proven saw of Macintosh’s unassailable user friendly superiority.

All that to bring me to this QUESTION: Will iWeb live?

Paul

Hi Paul,

Sounds like you’ve been a Cult of Mac member for quite some time! As such you’ve seen in your travels that software comes and goes over the years.

iWeb the application will remain unchanged. It’s unlikely Apple will develop any new versions of the program, but existing copies should run just fine until some potential major change to OS X down the road. You will just need to find a new place to host your website(s).

The iWeb hosting service provided via MobileMe will be ending this June, though there are some petitions asking Apple about retaining this feature in iCloud. You can voice your feedback to Apple directly via their website.

Cult of Mac has published some alternatives for web hosting and the iWeb app in What To Do With Your iWeb Site.

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Readers, have any additional suggestions on this topic, or corrections/clarifications on the advice above? If so, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

  • Dan D’Errico

    Why did they kill iWeb in the first place?  Are websites “so yesterday”?  There are many cool new options Apple still could have added – including the ability to create mobile-friendly websites via iWeb.   Does iWeb even ship with iLife anymore?

  • Iphoneication

    I agree let iWeb live in iCloud ….and also I agree on mobile web development in iWeb……I have 25 gigs of iCloud space I wanna use it. Also how about I disk..to sync up my files between macs….I’m forced to use Dropbox …..

  • Tim_at_IMM

    I too will be sorry to see iWeb go. It seems that its primary purpose was to encourage use of MobileMe and its predecessor (now Apple has the iPhone and iPad to do that), but it still had some nice features and a nice user interface. Hopefully, it will remain usable long enough for some other web development app to truly be able to take its place, but I hear Sandvox already comes the closest.

  • PDXGREG

    I still use iWeb. It’s simple design and easy to use interface make it perfect. If they update it with social media applications/widgets, I think it would draw more people into using it. 

  • dnyank1

    Yes, iWeb ships with iLife still.

    Odd. 

  • di museo

    frequently asked questions, and frequently answers about iWeb & iDisk on facebook fan page      [ keep iWeb & iDisk ]

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Adam RosenAdam Rosen is an Apple certified IT consultant specializing in Macintosh systems new and old. He lives in Boston with two cats and too many possessions. In addition to membership in the Cult of Mac, Adam has written for Low End Mac and is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum. He also enjoys a good libation.

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