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How to Publish Your iWeb Website

After you finish with a new site — or you’re satisfied with the edits you make to existing pages — it’s time to get your masterpiece on the web! Even the best website design is worth next to nil if it isn’t available on the Internet.

You can publish your website to your existing MobileMe account or to a separate server maintained by a third party (perhaps your ISP, your company, or Dave down the street).

You specify where your iWeb site will be published from the Site Publishing Settings screen. Click the site name in the Site Organizer to display the Publish To pop-up menu. iWeb offers the following publishing options:

  • Publish to MobileMe: Your site is hosted by Apple as part of your MobileMe subscription. The application takes care of everything, uploading any changed pages or media. (Note that Apple’s MobileMe service will be discontinued in 2012. Also, you’ll have to be an existing MobileMe subscriber to use this feature, since Apple is no longer accepting new MobileMe subscribers.)

  • Publish to FTP Server: This publishing option provides you with a completely different collection of settings on the Site Publishing Settings screen. You’ll need to furnish iWeb with your web server’s FTP settings (which should be furnished to you by the host) and your site’s address (or URL).

  • Publish to a Local Folder: The final publishing option creates a folder on your hard drive that contains all the files to display your website. This is the option to choose if you don’t use a third-party hosting service.

    You can add these files directly to your home or business web server. Once again, you must supply the site URL as it will appear on the Internet after you copy or upload the site files to the server.

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After you’ve set the type of publishing the site will use, it’s time to take care of business! Click the site to select it in the Site Organizer and then click the Publish Site button on the toolbar.

The application takes care of everything else, automatically uploading all pages and media (if you choose MobileMe or FTP publishing) or saving them on your hard drive (if you chose the Local Folder option).

In a hurry? You can elect to publish just the changes necessary to update your site: Instead of clicking the Publish Site button on the toolbar, click the File menu and choose Publish Site Changes.

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