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iWebSites Documentation

iWebSites Documentation

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iWebSites 2.4 beta
Copyright ©2008, Chris GreggVersion 2.4 beta (April 15, 2008)http://mistergregg.com/cocoadrillosoftware/
Introduction to Version 2.3
What's new in iWebSites:The Merge function has been fixed, but
only works with iWeb '08 sites
.If you want to merge iWeb '06 sites, please use iWebSites 2.2.
Introduction to Version 2.2
What's new in iWebSites:iWebSites has been updated to work with iWeb '08. In order to work withiWeb '08, iWebSites needs to upgrade your websites. This is a simpleprocess that is manually reversible (in case you want to revert to iWeb1.1). If you choose not to upgrade to iWeb '08, iWebSites 2.2 will still workwith iWeb 1.1, and if you eventually decide to upgrade to iWeb '08, youcan simply select "Upgrade files for iWeb '08" from the file menu iniWebSites.
Introduction to Version 2.1
What's new in iWebSites? Here are the basic updates:1. iWebSites now has the ability to merge two sites together. This is anextremely functional update, as there has been no way previously to movesites in and out of iWeb. Now, users have the ability to share web sitesand compile websites together. It was the most sought-after featurerequest, so I made it a priority.
Note: because of the amount of processing that goes into merging websites, it can be slow. Imerged two medium-sized sites together, and it took approximately10 minutes. Larger sites will merge, but be prepared to wait whileiWebSites does its thing.
2. Users have the ability to delete or duplicate multiple sites at a time.3. The interface has been enhanced, so you can now drill down and look atthe headings for each site in iWebSites. I haven't yet programmed amethod for dragging individual pages, but that may happen eventually (orApple will release a new version with this functionality!)
Introduction (from Version 1.0)
What is iWebSites? It is a program that enhances iWeb by manipulatingthe website files that iWeb creates to enable a user to create multiplewebsites that are completely independent of each other. iWeb 1.01shipped without this capability, but anyone who wants to use iWeb for morethan a single web site can benefit from iWebSites. This is especially truefor users who utilize File Transfer Prtocol, or
FTP 
, (instead of .Mac) topublish their iWeb creations.iWeb really was not designed with the power user in mind, but it doesenable a user to quickly create beautiful web sites. With iWebSites,separate websites are kept independent of each other, and when sites are “published” to a directory (for uploading via FTP), only the site you arecurrently working on is published.
 
How iWebSites Works
iWeb normally stores a user’s websites in one folder (or package) called “Domains.sites,” in the user’s home library located at “~/ApplicationSupport/iWeb/”. It expects this package to be present, but if it isn’t, it willcreate it when launching iWeb. iWebSites manipulates “Domains.sites” tocreate more than one website package (a “.sites” file) in the ApplicationSupport/iWeb folder. Simply, iWeb opens up “Domains.sites” when itlaunches, and whatever website happens to be in that package is thewebsite that iWeb uses while running. iWebSites renames “Domains.sites” when creating a new site, and it leaves the newly named “.sites” file in theApplication Support/iWeb folder. iWebSites enables the user to switchbetween sites (by creating the appropriate “Domains.sites” package),delete sites, create new sites, and duplicate sites.
How to use iWebSites
iWebSites is very easy to use. When launched, the program expects thatiWeb is not currently running (in order to avoid data loss), and it assumesthat iWeb is actually installed on your system. This is not a requirement,as you can choose a folder that is not the “Application Support/iWeb,” butyou will need to copy the “.sites” files to this folder when you do installiWeb.Once loaded, you will see the iWebSites window:
 
If you have already created a website in iWeb, you should see the name of the site listed under “iWeb Sites,” and a “Default” next to that name.The buttons are relatively self-explanatory:
 
This button creates a new website. This renames “Domains.sites” to thename of your site, and creates a blank website that will open in iWeb thenext time you open iWeb. The new website is now the Default site.
 
This button makes the site chosen into the default site by naming it “Domains.sites” and renaming the previous default site.
 
This button duplicates a site (or sites) you already have (but does notmake it the default site). This is a nice feature if you have already createdmultiple sites in one iWeb file and would like to separate them. You canduplicate a site, then open the original and delete one of the sites in iWeb.Then you can set the other site as default and then repeat the process withiWeb, deleting the other site from within iWeb.
 
 
This button changes the name of the currently selected site.
 
This button deletes a site (or sites) by placing it in the trash. If you needthe site back again, you can drag it out of the trash and onto the iWebSitesapplication window. You can use iWebSites to set this as the default again.
 
This button opens the currently selected site immediately in iWeb. It doesthis by renaming the site “Domains.sites” and opening up iWeb. Double-clicking on the site name also opens the file in iWeb.
 
This is the newest feature in iWebSites. When you select two sites andclick "Merge", the sites will be put together into one site (and the new sitewill be named "SiteOne & SiteTwo".
This is a slow process
. Please bepatient with it. I will be working on an update to speed things up, but fornow it works, albeit slowly.One of the nice aspects of the Merge function is that you can have differentpeople working on different pages of a website at the same time, ondifferent computers, and then you can merge the pages together at once.Also, this function may be best for those using .Mac accounts, as you canupload all the sites at once to your .Mac account (as I understand it – Idon't actually have a .Mac account myself).
 
This button refreshes the site listing in case a website was dragged into the~/Application Support/iWeb folder while the program is running. It isusually not necessary to refresh the window.
Insert and Copy/Paste
If you have a website that is not currently in iWeb, you can load it usingiWebSites by either using the File-->Insert Site or by copying and pasting itfrom the Finder. You can also drag or paste a copied site into an e-mailprogram. There are two options:(1) Drag/Drop (or copy/paste) the “.sites” folder alone(2) Drag/Drop a zipped file (with the extension “.sites.zip”)With option (1), you simply get a copy of the “.sites” folder. Because of the way OS X handles packages, this acts like a file, but it is really afolder. Therefore, if you want to send the website to another person, itmakes it more difficult. That’s where option (2) comes into play: if youclick on the “Zip when copied or dragged” checkbox, iWebSites will zip upthe file so it can be e-mailed (or archived). Just paste it into the finder orinto your e-mail program.
Please note: iWeb websites can get very large.If you have a lot of graphics in your site, even the zipped files may be toolarge to e-mail 
. You could, of course, drag either a “.sites” file or a “.sites.zip” file to a flash drive or external hard drive as well.
 Another note: “.sites” files are not web sites that can be opened in a web browser.If you e-mail a “.sites.zip” or “.sites” file to someone, he or she will need iWeb (and probably iWebSites, too) to see it.
Notes to those with .Mac accounts:
Note for those using .Mac accounts:A number of users found out that it is a bit tricky using multiple websiteswith .Mac accounts. I don’t actually have a .Mac account myself, so I wasat a bit of a loss as to how to help them. One very helpful user, RobertStewart, passed on this information, in two parts: “Here’s the answer to the question, how to upload multiple .mac websites:

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