Switching from FrontPage to iweb?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by tofutticutie, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. tofutticutie macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    i recently purchased a macbook ... prior to this, i created my website with frontpage and i used to make all changes and uploads via WS_FTP ... now that i have a mac, i'm not sure what to do.
    since i already pay for my own domain name, i do not want to switch to a .mac address.
    any suggestions or recommendations on how to convert my old FrontPage-designed website into something compatible on a mac?
    do i have to buy a program like dreamweaver?
    thank you!

    ok, so here's my site: http://siobhansmith.org/
    currently it contains a blogger.com section that i would like to keep.
    basically my question is this: now that i've switched to a mac, and can't use FrontPage, how do i edit and update my website?
  2. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Dreamweaver is an option. I'm not sure how well iWeb works with existing websites.

    But since your website is so simple, why not learn the HTML and use a plain ol' text editor? It's free :)
  3. macsig macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    Marina del Rey, CA
  4. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    You would need to rebuild your website in iWeb then upload the files with an FTP client such as CyberDuck. If you're looking for a good open-source alternative you could try Nvu.
  5. mac-convert macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2006
    Are we there yet?
    Nvu is a dead product.

    If you are looking for alternative free items, then try out either Aptana Studio (Eclispe/Java) or Komodo Edit (the free part, not the IDE). I have played around with Aptana some, and I have tried Komodo on an XP platform, but not the Mac yet. I don't know if they have made Komodo Leopard compat yet, but the conversion has been done for Aptana.

    I do not endorse either product, just making you aware of them.
  6. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Yea I don't use Nvu, just throwing it out there as a suggestion. The fact that you couldn't set the page background as an image in Nvu bothered me, but for tofutticutie's website Nvu should do the trick.
  7. macsig macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    Marina del Rey, CA

    Nvu is really dead

    If he used FrontPage I guess he wanna switch to a WYSIWYG editor and (please correct me if this is wrong) Neither Aptana nor Komodo are WYSIWYG .

    You can try RapidWeaver but at the begin you have to create your own template.
  8. tiggerr129 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    The Midwest USA
    suggestions from a recent switcher

    Let me make suggestions that worked for me

    I used FrontPage for a long time

    Recently the frontpage extensions ruined my navigation buttons and my opinion of Microsoft was fast deteriorating, and I wanted to switch to my mac. Dreamweaver was out of reach financially, so I looked at open source.

    Keep in mind I was still learning about Mac and while I had become proficient at HTML, css was still new. Then I found Kompozer. It was a bit easier to use and seemed closer to what I was used to. It was also cross platform like NVu

    So here is what I suggest.

    Get Kompozer for Mac and Windows. That way if you need to use your old PC you can. Some times I am still faster on my PC and it has the graphics program I am used to.

    If you know html at all and you really should since any wysiwyg program is impossible to edit without getting behind the scenes. Plus any wysiwyg also will change your code, so get taco edit for Mac which will format your html with one click. . (the syntax one I think). for windows get html tidy (the free version which will do the same thing and also validate your code. If you don't care or in my case aren't compulsive about how it works then don't. but both are free.

    I use cyber duck to ftp on my mac and microftp on my pc (but it has some drawbacks so I am looking for another or use my webhost's ftp program

    Be careful you can publish from Kompozer BUT and this is a big BUT. if you do, the next time you open your site in the site manager, you will not be working on the site from your hard drive, you will be editing the site on your web server. That is totally different than FrontPage. If you want to Publish from Kompozer, then you can add the copy from your hard drive again each time you want to edit it

    Oh one more thing, there are loads of free templates all over the web. The thing I missed the most in front page was the built in Navigation part. Go grab one of the free css templates, you can change the colors and pictures from the css file by just looking for the color hex numbers or do it in Kompozer.

    Go to Draacs site for color charts. (google it)

    Sorry this is so long.

  9. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    For direct coding, I like BBEdit. For WSIWYG, I just became aware of SeaMonkey, it seems pretty usable and FREE. Available from the Mozilla website.

  10. geese macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    London, UK
    I'm amazed that the OP managed to make an afFrontpage site that didnt look like a poo.

    I use Cyberduck as my FTP tool- works well. As for a WYSIWYG HTML editor, Rapidweaver is supposed to be good. You might have to do your templates again, but your site is very simple, so it shouldn't be an ardous task.
  11. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Yep, had to redesign mine from what I used in Frontpage to iWeb. You will also have new browser issues when viewing iWeb sites versus Frontpage. FYI.
  12. LipmonLM macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    WebDesign HTML Editor

    If you are looking for an inexpensive HTML editor for web sites, you need to try WebDeisgn 2.9.7 from RAGE. It's on the front page of the Macrumors.com as the Mac Software deal.
  13. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    Nvu may be not in develop anymore, but still works fine.

    Its reincarnation, komposer, only has linux version for now.

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