Updating a website

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by naturallight, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. naturallight macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I would be very appreciative if someone could put me on the right track regarding how to update and change a website.

    The website already exists, but I don't have the template. Ideally, I love to be able to

    1) download the page/template from online into iWeb (or a similar program)--is this even possible? Or do I need the original template?
    2) make the changes (both simple changes like just changing some text, but also slightly more complicated stuff like changing the menu bar and adding new pages, and
    3) upload the new pages to the online site.

    I'm more worried about (1) and (2) right now, I'll deal with (3) when the time comes. Can anyone put me on the right track? Thanks!
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    1) This is easy if the page is static HTML (possibly with some JavaScript), and can be done from your browser by saving the page as HTML source.
    2) Again, if the page is static HTML this is simple once part 1 is done. Open the file in your favorite text editor and edit as needed.

    Parts 1 and 2 are much, much more difficult if the page in question uses any kind of server-side scripting. You'll need the "original template", as you put it, in that case.
  3. sash macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2004

    I would recommend using Dreamweaver instead of iWeb...

  4. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    Dreamweaver is nice, but it costs $399.

    I don't know how your website is set up but if you know your HTML, try Textwrangler; it's free. It allows you to save directly via ftp/sftp, so if you can access your server that way, it would be a pretty elegant set up.
  5. sash macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2004

    You're right, it's not a freeware, but it's worth every cent it costs.

    By the way, if this update is an one time event, you can download a trial (hence free) version, which will work for 30 days. If it's a longer adventure, investing in the best wysiwyg out there could also be a good idea...


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