First Website

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by leehughes, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. leehughes macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009

    Only one week ago I got my first macbook, am still learning the ropes and everything.

    I need to build a website for my travels and I saw iweb 09 as a possibility.

    I have no html knowledge and am a below average computer user so am looking for something like iweb 09 that can help me create the website easy, by using templates etc.

    Is iLife the best software for this do you think?

    How does it compare to other compaines for price being $99 a year for 20Gb storage?

    Thanks very much :)
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Since you don't have any web design or development experience and not overly savvy with computers, iWeb is probably your best bet. Just realize it has limitations that came at a cost of providing an easy to use interface and there are some issues with it at times. Just Google for iWeb problems and issues. I'm not saying to not use it, just realize it can't do everything that others who do have web design and development skills. It's best for static web pages, which sounds like could meet your needs.

    I don't have any experience with MobileMe, but it lacks server side languages, which is the biggest turn off for me considering how much it cost. But, if you are only doing static pages and not trying to use any programming, then it will still suit your needs. As far as alternative hosts, there are a number of them, and iWeb does now let you publish the pages on other hosts. You'll find pricing all across the board. Try to look at the details and see what meets your needs. Be aware that there are still a few hosts that don't support iWeb created sites, so you may want to contact the host prior to your decision, but there isn't too many of them.
  3. leehughes thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    many thanks for our detailed reply...

    Am currently looking at wordpress as well as a possible choice but I have to do more research I think.

    Thanks again :)
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I think finding a reliable webhost is one of the more frustrating aspects of website management! There are thousands of companies to choose from, with pricing packages all over the map. But judging how often they will have downtime, or how fast their servers will be, or how long before they disappear into the night, that's trickier.

    I run a website for a non-profit organization which is managed by people who live all over the city. I thought it would be brilliant to set up web-based document management so we could all share it whever we were. Archives of emails, contact lists, documents, training manuals, it was all online, and it was great... until one day the webhost unceremoniously cut off our account. We lost everything, and I had to rethink our strategy...

    I'm currently with Dreamhost, and their hosting package is priced similarly. It comes with a lot of features, but that may be moot if you don't plan to use them. So far I'm happy with their service.

    If you're happy to pay what Apple charges for MobileMe and are happy with what iWeb can do for you, I'd stay with it.
  5. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    That could work. Or Blogspot (owned by Google). It depends on what kind of content you want to provide on your site, but a blog engine can be quite versatile and there are lots of plugins that people have made.
  6. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I recommend A Small Orange very highly. $25/year with great support and good load times.
  7. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    I (and judging from what I've seen before, a lot of other people on MacRumors) second that recommendation :)
  8. MacPharm macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    Also new to iWeb crawling for now

    I am also a novice. I don't expect to learn html. I have learned in my life to stick with my strengths. Learning html is not one of them. I do know what I want my website to do right now. I probably see myself evolving to a more sophisticated website. Until I can get a loan or write a business plan, my iWeb based site is geared to help people get more out of their drug therapy. It is still a work in progress--but after 4 days, I am not feeling bad about what I have so far.

    Hang in there and spend more time on content.
  9. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    You could consider using something like The sites can be configured quite distinctly and it's up there ready to no matter where you are in the world. Easy to update, upload photos', etc. No hosting to worry about, no bills, yada yada yada. is just one of many.

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