iWeb Site Speed – Why It’s Important & How to Improve


iWeb websites are made with many images and other heavy media objects. This causes the site to load fairly slow in a user’s browser (if you haven’t noticed this yet, load an iWeb site in a browser and you will see).

The problem with this is that the internet has become so fast that people’s patience has decreased. Google has even stated that the speed at which a site loads is now taken into consideration when ranking a website.

This poses a problem for virtually all iWeb websites. An extremely large majority of iWeb sites will load much slower than the average website. You can even check your site’s loading time if you have a Google Webmaster Tools account.

So how do we fix this problem? The solution is actually a lot easier than you might think. An application called WebCrusher allows you to simply drag and drop your website folder, click one button and have your entire iWeb website ‘optimized’ to load significantly faster in a web browser.

I have embedded a quick video tutorial below which will show you how easy it is to use WebCrusher on an iWeb website. I highly recommend this application for all iWeb users. Personally, I hate waiting for a site to load, and I have been guilty in the past of clicking the back button just because a site loaded slowly.


    • Jeremy 12 January, 2012 at 11:45 Reply

      Yes there is. I would use iWeb SEO Tool first, and then when you are done, you publish your site to a Local Folder in iWeb SEO Tool, and then drag and drop that local folder onto WebCrusher (note: the local folder should popup in Finder after you publish it to said local folder in iWeb SEO Tool).

  1. daniele 22 January, 2012 at 08:58 Reply

    hello, i m using web crusher and my question is is there any way to no publish the site in a new local folder, i mean evything i have to optimize the web the crusher generate a new folder.

    How i can chusher just a page and not the entire web site? and if i upload this file why doesn t ask is i want replace ir?

    When export the website to my server the connecting is fine and the transmission seem to be ok but doesn t upload the file because i dosen t show me the changes i made


  2. rroodhardt 16 February, 2012 at 08:39 Reply


    Assuming that you’ve purchased the full licence you should go to Options>Preferences and then exclude the pages you don’t want to optimise using criteria.



  3. Jamzth 15 May, 2012 at 19:10 Reply

    is there a version of this that is free and fully functional or a software that is comprable? or a manual method of identifying the needed changes?

  4. Robin 10 April, 2013 at 21:09 Reply


    So I did everything right, but somehow webcrusher does not actually publishes my new changes.
    I have published my website before via iWeb. Webcrusher came later.

    What do I need to do?

    • iwebunlimited 23 May, 2013 at 14:36 Reply

      You could have the wrong directory path entered. You would need to verify the directory path with your web hosting provider.

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