iWeb quick tip: Offline editing and 'Under Construction' pages

For any Mac users who take advantage of iWeb for their website publishing needs, editing offline and keeping your Web site active online can be a bit tricky. A couple Apple Support Community members have combined to come up with some good practices of doing just that.

For any Mac users who take advantage of iWeb for their Web site publishing needs, editing offline and keeping your Web site active online can be a bit tricky. A couple Apple Support Community members have combined to come up with some good practices of doing just that.

Support Communities user "mharts" writes:

"I would like to over-haul my website look on iWeb and put up "under construction". But I don't want to loose the photos and some of the writing I've done."

This is a common issue with iWeb users, and there are a few different methods that power users tend to implore when updating their site.

First, if you simply want to have your landing page when someone types in your URL to be an Under Construction page, you simply need to make the very first page on your iWeb list be an Under Construction page. Add a page to your first site, design it as you see fit with all your information, then drag the new page to the top of the pages list and click Publish.

If you've got a bunch of work you've done that you want to save while you redesign, you can do one of two things. As ASC member "Old Toad" suggests, create a new site a drag the pages you are redesigning to it. This maintains all the content of those pages, but takes them away from your active site, disabling any links to them.

Old Toad

Once you're done editing those pages, drag them back to your main site, click Publish, and you're good to go.

Personally, when I am working on a new look, I use iWeb's ability to duplicate pages. Right-click (Control + Click) on a page you wish to duplicate the information of and choose Duplicate from the contextual menu. The duplicated page will appear directly below the current page and be named (pagename 2).

Double-click the page name to enter a new name. You can now edit your layout without having to worry about affecting the original page. Once your edits are complete, delete the original page and the new one will take its place.

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