Aug 19

As a webmaster, one of your top priorities is to make sure that websites you are building for your business (or your clients) are as professional as they can be. Having a website that comes off as unprofessional, annoying, or something that looks like it was made by a child can cause a potential customer to look elsewhere.

Here I will outlined (in no particular order) 5 ways to make your website more professional.

1. Ditch the hit counter

Remember back in the 90’s when websites would compare their popularity with a chunky hit counter? Those went out of style along with Pogs and overalls. If your website still has a hit counter on it, consider removing it and replacing it with an invisible tracker such as Statcounter.com or Google Analytics.

2. Remove your splash page

Brick and mortar stores need to have doors. Your website does not. When a customer visits your website, don’t make them click a link to ‘enter’ your site. They are already on your site and should not require an extra click to get to the important part of your website. If you have a cool graphic that you don’t want to go to waste, you can always find a different place on your site to put it.

3. Speed up your site!

Does your site load slowly? Check your page’s speed by running your site through this test. If you get a very low score, consider speeding up your site by removing large images and fixing any errors that may be present.

Slow loading websites can cause impatient visitors to hit the back button. In addition, the speed of your site may have an effect on your website’s rankings in search engines.

4. Auto-load Audio

Many websites still have music (or videos) that play automatically when a user visits the page. This can be annoying to many users. Consider making your music not play automatically, but instead give the user the option of clicking on the play button themselves.

5. Mobile Friendly Website

A large number of users will be visiting your website on their mobile devices. Make sure that you have created a version of your website that is mobile friendly. This will create a much better user experience and will result in less users exiting your website from their mobile devices. EverWeb users should check out this video tutorial that will show you how to easily setup your mobile website in EverWeb.

Jun 11

RAGE Software released EverWeb 1.4 yesterday which includes many updates, one of which being the much anticipated image gallery captions feature. Since the launch of EverWeb, users – especially iWeb users – were eager to see an option for captions in the image gallery. The folks at EverWeb even got users excited by a popular Facebook post which gained a lot of “Likes” very quickly. Captions can now be added to each individual image in a gallery (Image Gallery widget).
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Image Gallery Caption Feature in EverWeb

Image Gallery Caption Feature in EverWeb

Also included in the image gallery update is the ability to specify the number of images per page that you want. This is a big feature for users who have a large number of images in their galleries. Instead of having a really long page with say, 100 images, you can split that up into 5 ‘image pages’ of 20 images. You can easily navigate from one ‘image page’ to the next by clicking on the links that automatically appear right above the gallery (see image above).

Other items worth noting is that the captions are used as alternative text, so for those focusing on search engine optimization (SEO), you will definitely find this feature to be very useful. You can also now drag and drop multiple images into the image gallery’s assets list. Likewise, you can also delete multiple images at one time. You also have the option to show, or hide the social buttons in the image gallery’s slideshow.

Other enhancements put into EverWeb 1.4 is the ability to add multiple images at one time for the Image Slider widget. You can also deleted multiple images from this widget as well.

It is very exciting to see these improvements in EverWeb and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store. EverWeb really does appear to be a fantastic iWeb replacement, and it just keeps getting better and better.

Oct 18

As we all know, iWeb, though fully functioning, is no longer being further developed by Apple. AllAboutiWeb has started a good discussion on what users would like to see in a potential iWeb alternate/replacement. I encourage everyone to head on over there and participate in that discussion. My source from AllAboutiWeb has told me there is a reason for this question, however, nothing has been confirmed, so it is just a rumour as of now.

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Nov 25

As we inch closer and closer to the June 2012 end of MobileMe, it is time to begin considering switching our websites to a professional hosting company.  iWebUnlimited users are invited to sign up to RAGE Web Hosting for 50% off!

Sign up on a 3 year plan and receive hosting for $3.50/month, plus get a free domain and a free license to iWeb to WordPress.

That’s a $300 value, all yours for just $126. A savings of $174! You’ll only find this offer available here, on iWebUnlimited.com

Note: This offer expires November 28th 2011. Only available to first time RAGE Web Hosting users. Enter promo code BLACK

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Nov 24

Hi Everyone! My name is Jeremy and I will be taking over iWebUnlimited for Jason. Jason has done such a great job with the site and I am extremely happy to be able to have this opportunity to fill his shoes. I have run other mac software video tutorial site for a few years now, and have done work, and continue to do a lot of work with RAGE Software. I have made hundreds of video tutorials on iWeb for both AppTorial and RAGE Software, including the popular SEO For iWeb Walkthrough Video Tutorial. RAGE Software has been an integral part of the iWeb community for many many years, offering the well known free tool called iWeb SEO Tool. I will be discussing many of RAGE Software’s products and services during my tenure with iWebUnlimited, and hope to show iWeb users how using these products will make their lives a lot easier.

I hope to add a lot more to this ever growing site of amazing iWeb tips and tricks. You might notice some edits at the top of older posts. This is just my way of keeping those posts up to date with the most current methods, and simplistic approaches to accomplishing the goals set out in each tutorial.

I know there is some panic right now about the future of iWeb, and I want everyone to know where I stand on this matter. While Apple might no longer continue to develop iWeb, it is still the best option available in terms of drag and drop or WYSIWYG editors for the Mac. As long as you have iWeb on your computer, there is no need to find an alternate web builder right now. I will do my best to keep everyone up to date on this matter, as things will most definitely change in the future (as they normally do). But for the time being, my recommendation to iWeb users is to not panic, and continue using iWeb as you normally do. Use this site and your other available resources to continue to produce the best possible website you can.

If you are a MobileMe user, please know that your account with MobileMe will be expiring in June of 2012. This means you will need to find a new web host very soon. I encourage everyone to do this sooner rather than later. My personal opinion is that if your site is for a business, you should not be using MobileMe as a web host. In previous posts, Jason has recommend RAGE Web Hosting, which I also highly recommend. RAGE Web Hosting is the only hosting company on the market that provides users with iWeb support. As an iWeb user, that type of support is so rare  and so important. Having experienced other web hosts before, I can safely say that you will not be disappointed using RAGE.

That is all for now. To finish off, once again, I am extremely happy to be here, and I look forward to discussing iWeb related topics with you all!

Sep 05

If you currently have your website/blog in Apple’s iWeb, you best be making plans to move it to a new web platform.  Of course this platform being WordPress.  This post is for users who have a website/blog that has been created in iWeb and are looking for a solution to move their site.  Many people have been blogging with iWeb and using the MobileMe comments to bring discussion to their blog.  Well, Apple has announced that they will be removing the MobileMe publishing service directly aimed at those iWeb users who currently use MobileMe as a publishing platform.  That means that the iWeb users need to find a new home for their website/blog created in iWeb. Not only do iWeb users need to find a new host, but perhaps a whole new web platform because it seems that iWeb will unfortunately not be developed any further by Apple. So we realize the problem and see that we need to move iWeb to a different web platform such as WordPress.  Well the solution comes from Rage Software.  Rage Software has recently released some software that will do just that.  It will convert your iWeb site content ready to import into WordPress.  This is big because as soon as MobileMe goes away, so will all your comments that were posted on MobileMe as well.  So this is a great tool to save all that content and move it to the WordPress.

Here’s a video on how it works:

[youtube width=”560″ height=”345″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkEYzS8zHok[/youtube]

You can learn more about it by clicking here:

Visit Rage Software iWeb to WordPress Page

Then to learn all about WordPress visit our brand new site called Learn2Wordpress.com to learn all about how to build and create websites with WordPress.

Visit Learn2Wordpress.com »

Aug 10

We have a large community of users that use and love your application iWeb. The last iLife upgrade we were all very excited to see a new version of iWeb and finally get some features we’d been waiting for.  Instead we see that you only updated iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband.  I think we can understand why you didn’t update iDVD, as digital video is becoming much easier to share in ways other than DVD, but many of us can’t understand why in a world would you discontinue development of iWeb when the internet is only growing and web development is becoming such a huge part of the world around us.

iWeb is pure and simply the easiest way to create a website on a Mac and we think it should stay that way.  So I’ve created a poll to show you how many users would like iWeb to continue.  You can view the numbers below.  Our question is how many people and votes would it take to convince you that there is still a large amount of users that still want iWeb in development from Apple?  Hopefully you can see by the vote results below and the comments of those who truly care and will see that this application is truly worth continuing as part of the iLife suite.



iWeb Fans make your voice heard!

iWeb fans please make your voice heard and tell apple how much you want iWeb to remain in development.  Click the link below and fill out the form as often as you can (perhaps daily) and maybe, just maybe, we can let Apple know that iWeb users are many.  (Ever read the Dr. Suess story of “Horton Hears a Who”?, we are the who’s that need to yell “We are here, we are here, we are here”).  Make your voice heard.

Tell Apple You Want iWeb to Stay »

You can also express your thoughts on iWeb in the comments below

Jul 23

UPDATE: Read more about an iWeb replacement coming out soon.

As many of you may know, Apple’s plans for iWeb don’t seem very bright.  The last update of the iLife suite didn’t include any update to iWeb and they aren’t even selling iWeb on the App Store at all. Then to push the knife in a little deeper they announced with iCloud that iWeb publishing will be discontinued as of June 2012.  So…the question then comes to be, what happens now.  So here are my suggestions for all my great iWeb fans of what to do with your websites done in iWeb and how to continue creating a great website easily.

Current iWeb Users

First off, iWeb will run on your computer for quite a while, so if you are privileged enough to have a copy of iWeb on your Mac, that’s great, and you will be able to continue to use it, however you just won’t be able to publish to MobileMe in the future.  So if you have invested a lot of time in your iWeb site or want to continue to develop and build your site in iWeb that is totally fine, however just be sure to make the plans and arrangements to host your website somewhere other than MobileMe.  My suggestions would be to get a web host somewhere such as RAGE iWeb Hosting (iWeb Optimized Hosting).

So as you can see you’ll still be able to run, create, and manage your site with iWeb for some time if you already have it.  The problem is…that iWeb will most likely not be getting an updates or any further development.  When that happens with software that means that it’s shelf life clock has started.  There will come a time where your current version of iWeb won’t be compatible with your operating system or hardware and you’ll have to make a decision to move your site to a different platform, or simply not upgrade your system. My suggestion is always to keep your system current, so then the question then comes…what are my alternatives to iWeb?

iWeb Alternative

There are many other options for those that want to switch to a different platform to host their website.  The success of iWeb has been that it’s simple and easy to make a website.  That’s been the whole motivation and drive for me to run this website.  I being a web developer and an ex-apple employee have loved developing websites with iWeb, but there came a time when my clients wanted a site that had more features, and a web-based backend to manage the site, a more powerful blog, etc. etc.  It was then that I started developing website with a system that has now become my favorite web development platform and tool.  That platform is WordPress!

WordPress

Some of you may of heard of wordpress and other’s it might be something totally new.  WordPress is a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog. It was originally intended as an easy way to set up a blog. But, thanks to the efforts of a large “open source” community of WordPress programmers working to extend and improve its capabilities, WordPress has become much more than just a tool for bloggers. Today’s WordPress is really a “content management system” (CMS), which means that it can be used to run full-sized, social media-rich business websites.  This website here is actually a WordPress website, not an iWeb website.  By just browsing this website you can see the great features that WordPress as a CMS can be for those who want websites.  So then the question comes, “I’ve been using iWeb for so long and I’ve never touched WordPress, how do I learn such a system?”, well ask no longer, I’ve been working on a new website to continue this website with the focus being on WordPress.  So I’m launching the site called Learn2Wordpress.com to help those of you who wish to transition from iWeb to a more powerful web publishing platform.  It’s still pretty new and I’m adding more content all the time, but it’s goal is to help my iWeb users and fans to transition into learning how to use wordpress to develop their own sites.  So I urge you to visit my new site and let me know what you think.

Visit Learn2Wordpress.com »

Other iWeb Alternatives

There are many other iWeb Alternatives out there for those looking to replace iWeb.  Here’s my list of some of my favorite apps that I’ve tried out that are fairly similar to iWeb:

  • EverWeb – EverWeb is like a new, modern version of iWeb. Everything you loved about iWeb but with new features like mobile sites, drop down menus, built in SEO and more.
  • RapidWeaver from RealMac Software – This one was alive even before iWeb came to be.  In fact when iWeb first came out I remember thinking, this is a lot like RapidWeaver.  RapidWeaver continues to be developed and is a great option for those that are very familiar with iWeb.
  • Sandvox from Karelia Software – This is another one that is very similar to iWeb.
  • SquareSpace – Squarespace is a nice and easy onlinepaid subscription service that lets you easily create and manage a website. They take all the headache out of building your own site.  There are some limitations, but it’s pretty expandable to create what you want.  The only problem is that it’s a monthly subscription service in ultimately it’s the most expensive option in the long run.

There are of course many other options to create website easily such as Freeway, Posterous, Tumblr, Blogger, even Facebook as a Page, but these above are my top options if you are looking for easy software similar to iWeb.  But of course as I mentioned above I think WordPress is by the far the best publishing platform for building a website.  For that reason I created a whole new website Learn2Wordpress.com where I’ll continue to teach you everything on how to get a website running with WordPress.

Conclusion

All in all iWeb is and has been an incredible tool and I really wish Apple would continue to develop it as I think there is so much potential there.  If you think about it iWeb is the only iLife application that doesn’t have a pro application counterpart.  iPhoto has Aperture, iMovie has Final Cut Pro, Garageband has Logic Pro, iDVD has DVD Studio Pro, and iWeb has…nothing.  I think if Apple were to serious invest in creating a pro iWeb application it would soar through the roof.  I hope that they realize that, but until they do I will continue to add great iWeb tips and tricks here on iWebUnlimited.com and will start to build more content on Learn2Wordpress.com to help those who want to go to the next level in web development.

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