Erased iWeb project. Files downloaded off server. Cannot Open.

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  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    #1
    I had a website project that I was regularly updating
    through iWeb.

    However, when I formatted my Mac last week, all that
    data was erased.

    Fortunately, all the files are up on the server.

    So, I downloaded all the files from the webpage and
    put them in a folder. I can't figure out how to open
    it in iWeb as it was before.

    Can anyone assist?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Sorry, no way to import back into iWeb. It's completely a one-way trip. Did you have any backups of your drive? If so, the file you need is at,

    ~/Library/Application Support/iWeb/Domain.sites2

    if I remember correctly.
     
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Look at the bright side... you now have a reason to not use iWeb anymore.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    The 8-ball says it is decidedly so. iWeb doesn't work in a HTML-mode when you're designing the page, it simply exports it into that format. Reversing the process is much harder than it sounds like it should be, but that's the case.
     
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ....and I take it that I can't use another web
    publishing program that would decipher the files
    I downloaded?
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    iWeb does export valid HTML / CSS / JavaScript so other editors (I won't say all) can open them just fine. Unfortunately, the "style" they use for their code is not easy to deal with and I don't think any graphical web design tools can handle it. I've seen threads where people tried opening it in DreamWeaver for instance, and it simply wasn't usable unless you just needed to make small textual changes.
     
  8. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    I've had some success with editing iWeb output using Coda. Depends on what you need to do urgently. If it's text edits and minor layout changes and so on you should be OK.
     

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