Plan Your iWeb Pages from Your MacBook - dummies

Plan Your iWeb Pages from Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

Every properly designed website has a purpose: to inform, to entertain, or to provide downloads or contact information. The pages you add to your iWeb site should all reflect that common purpose. iWeb can produce the following types of pages for your site:

  • Welcome: This is the default first page that iWeb adds to a site you create. The Welcome page familiarizes your visitor with the idea behind your site, and perhaps offers a snippet of the latest developments on the site in a “What’s New” paragraph.

  • About Me: This page provides a biography of you or another person, listing things like your age, favorite songs, and favorite foods. (After all, that’s important stuff.) Links are provided to your photo album pages and other websites you want to share.

  • Photos: Oh, this is good stuff here — iWeb makes it easy to add one of those cool online photo galleries for your snapshots, complete with a web slideshow! You can add Events and albums from iPhoto, too.

  • My Albums: You can organize all your Photos and Movie pages on a single My Albums page. Visitors click a thumbnail to jump to the corresponding Photos page or Movies page — it’s a visual index done the right way.

  • Movie: Got a QuickTime movie you’ve created with iMovie to share with others? This is the page that presents it to your adoring fans.

  • Blog: Adding a Blog (or personal web journal) page is a somewhat different beast: iWeb keeps track of each addition you make in an entry list so that you can quickly add or delete entries without requiring tons of scrolling, cutting, and pasting. A Blog page also includes an archive so that deleted entries aren’t lost forever.

  • Podcast: Consider a podcast as an audio (or audio/visual) blog — it’s designed to be downloaded to a visitor’s iPod or computer for later enjoyment. As does the Blog page, a Podcast page has an entry list and an archive list attached to it.

  • Blank: Yep, an old-fashioned blank page, ready for you to fill with whatever you like.

Before you even launch iWeb, jot these important points down on a piece of paper (or put them in a Sticky):

  • What message do you want to communicate to visitors?

  • What tone will you use — funny, informal, or businesslike?

  • What stuff do you want to offer: photos, movies, or podcasts?

Now you have the starting point for your site and you know what you want to include . . . so it’s time to get down with the web!