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Using iWeb with Lion OS X 10.7 & Mountain Lion OS X 10.8

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Using iWeb with Lion OS X 10.7 & Mountain Lion OS X 10.8

Copyright © Roddy McKay - 2009 - All Rights Reserved

There are a couple of points to note with iWeb when you are running Lion or Mountain Lion.

The User/Library folder is hidden so you need to access it from the Finder "Go" menu.

Hold down the option key and click "Go" then select the Library folder from the drop down menu.

If you are working with multiple Domain.sites2 files they won't open in Lion.

Click HERE to download DomainCracker.app and drag it into the Dock [A]. Click the the app to get the window shown below [B] and browse to the Domain file.



Tweaking Mountain Lion OS X 10.8

For easily tweaking Mountain Lion, including show/hide the user library, try the freeware Mountain Tweaks. It will work with Lion too. Click the icon for more info.

Syncing Domain Files with iCloud

If you want to keep a Domain.sites2 file synchronized between two or more Macs you can do this using iCloud as long as they are logged into the same account.

Enable the Documents and Data section in iCloud under System Preferences...

Open an iWork document and save it to iCloud - [C].

This will create a "Mobile Documents" folder in the user library - [D].

Since its not too easy to get to this folder due to the fact that the library is hidden, I created an alias - command L - that sits on the desktop and named it "iCloud Sync".

Anything dropped into this folder will sync across Macs that are logged into the same iCloud account.

NOTE: These files do not appear in iCloud

Caution: Apple did not intend that we should do this kind of thing so there may be some risk attached!



How does the MobileMe closure effect iWeb?

The obvious one is that the MobileMe only features won't work with other servers. See THIS PAGE for alternatives.

The Google Maps widget won't work so you will need to go to http://maps.google.com and get the code to paste into an HTML Snippet.

Its possible that the iWeb slideshow may be effected but you can modify it to be independent of the assets on the Apple server if they become  unavailable. Click HERE for more info.

If you are using the iWeb FTP, make sure that the Facebook update function is unchecked since this will stop your site from publishing.

iWeb and Safari V 6

Previous versions of Safari had two useful functions if you have the Develop menu turned on - Safari Preferences/Advanced

Option-Command-U gave us the code for a web page while Option-Command A - revealed a list of the files so that we could determine is any were missing.

Safari 6 pops up the same window with either command. All the info is still there but not so convenient to read.

The RSS Feed Widget will not work.

MobileMe Gallery Widget - obviously doesn't work!

See this section of iWeb for Musicians for alternatives...


Its important to clear the cache before visiting your published site after uploading changes. The "Empty Caches" function is now in the Develop drop down menu although the keyboard shortcut still works - Option/Command/E. Note that there is no warning!

Turn on the Develop menu in Safari Preferences/Advanced.

NOTE: Its just as easy to click the browser "Refresh" button or add a ? to the end of the URL to achieve the same thing.

iWeb Slideshow

If you have created an iWeb Slideshow with the latest version of iWeb (V 3.0.4) you will find that some assets are missing.

You can fix this by modifying the iWPopUpSlideshow.js file.

Refer to THIS PAGE for more info.

You need to go to the Google Adsense site to create the code and add it to an HTML Snippet on the page(s) where you want the ads to appear.

Testing Your Website

Its possible to test your website by publishing to a local folder and launching it in your default browser by double clicking the index.html file. This is not a particularly good way of doing this and, if you use Google Chrome, certain things like the default navigation won't work and you will panic.

Under Mountain Lion we can no longer turn on Web Sharing from System preferences although you can fix this by downloading this little app. Chances are you'll have to go into Terminal to setup the server and you may not think that's sensible!

You can put your website files into this folder - Macintosh HD/Library/Web-Server/Documents. You will need admin permissions to do this.

To access these, enter this into the browser - http:// - followed by the IP Address of your computer. You can get the IP number by opening System Preferences/Internet & Wireless/Network/Advanced/TCP/IP

Its really important to test your site in both Firefox and Google Chrome since hardly any people use Safari - only about 8%.

If you can get access to a computer running Windows, test it in Internet Explorer. To be thorough, you need to test in all versions back to V 6 since many people still use these geriatric browsers.