Recoding iWeb Sites Part 1: How to Combine iWeb Sites with Other Web Design Tools for Even Better Sites
Publishing Recoded iWeb Pages and Sites
If you’re modifying a site created by iWeb with more-advanced tools, the best approach is to publish to a folder. If you’re comfortable with more-advanced tools, you’re probably equally comfortable using FTP to publish the site on a Web server other than .Mac. The process, as you can probably guess, is exactly the same as for a full iWeb site or any site you created. Use an FTP application (or Web-based solution if your Web service provider uses one) to copy the contents of your Sites folder (or whatever folder you published the site to) onto the Web server after you make your changes.
If you’re using .Mac, you can initially publish to your iDisk and edit from there. This works very well if you set up the .Mac pane in System Preferences to use iDisk syncing, which creates a copy of the iDisk contents on your hard drive. Using this method, you can publish the site to .Mac using iWeb and then edit the files on your local computer, which will go much faster and easier once they have synced. You can then resync your iDisk with the .Mac server to publish them.
If you publish to .Mac rather than to a local folder, your files are not stored in the Sites folder at the root level of your iDisk. Instead, they are stored in the iWeb folder inside the Sites folder inside the Web folder of your iDisk. However, the folder and file structure inside the iWeb folder is exactly the same as if you had published to a folder on your hard drive. The one exception: the automatically generated RSS feeds for blogs and podcasts are stored in the RSS folder that is in the Web folder of the iDisk (which is also used for photocast RSS feeds).
You might also notice differences in photo album pages because publishing photo album pages to .Mac created more-advanced slideshow options. They rely on the server-based Ajax technology, which Apple has implemented on the .Mac servers. As a result, both the scripting and look of photo albums differs from what you see if you publish to a folder. It also means that you might want to take extra care when modifying these pages or avoid modifying them when using .Mac.