6 Feature Boosting iWeb Add-Ons

For those of us that want to make small, personal websites without requiring the knowledge to code, iWeb is an absolutely wonderful solution. However, as you become more proficient with this application which comes pre-installed on every Mac, you’ll find that it’s feature set can be limiting to say the least.

Below is a selection of six different iWeb add-ons which all expand the capabilities of iWeb. Each add-on is quite different to the next (and a few have been outdated by improvements in the latest version of iWeb) but read on to see if any of these are for you.

iTweak

iTweak

iTweak

This application aims to fill all the holes in iWeb and offers a large range of features. From site backups to adding favicons, a google search field, and hit counters, this single window interface appears to do it all. You can also integrate JS-Kit commenting, add a PHP contact form and password-protect your site. A very cool feature that iTweak boasts is the ability to search for normal text in your website, and replace that with code to use behind the scenes.

Price: Free
Developer: Guimkie
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later

iWeb SEO Tool

iWeb SEO Tool

iWeb SEO Tool

This application, as the name suggests, is all about search engine optimization. It allows you to easily add Title and Meta tags to your webpages and make sure your site is indexed by search engines to get optimum results. You can also add alt tags to your images and input web statistics tracking code to your site. A great feature of this software is that, since iWeb overwrites your site each time you publish, iWeb SEO Tool remembers your settings from last time and can instantly update your site with all the changes.

Price: Free
Developer: Rage Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later

iWeb Valet

iWeb Valet

iWeb Valet

iWeb Valet is by far the most comprehensive add-on and has an abundance of features. It does all the usual meta tags, favicons, and also has a huge number of other features that you won’t find anywhere else. These are all easy to use and include email masking, image compression and find and replace.

There are also a whole heap of widgets you can add such as clocks, countdowns, drop-down menus, search fields, and even falling snow (web designers everywhere cringe…!) What’s more, iWeb Valet can upload the site for you to an FTP server or your iDisk as well as back up your site.

Price: €19 (Around $28)
Developer: ZiggySoft
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

iWeb Buddy

iWeb Buddy

iWeb Buddy

iWeb Buddy is one of the pricier add-ons here but it has some nice features. It lets you take control of your RSS feeds by using your own feed-tracking service of choice such as Feedburner, and also allows you to add many other social networking services to your blog. You can assign Google Analytics or Mint Server code to your site for web statistics.

One of the main selling points of iWeb Buddy has actually been nullified with the latest version of iWeb, but if you use the version from iLife ’08 then iWeb Buddy allows you to publish different files from iWeb to different places, such as MobileMe and an FTP server.

Price: $25
Developer: Zarra Studios
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

iWeb Enhancer

iWeb Enhancer

iWeb Enhancer

This is another application that has been outdone by iWeb 3 from iLife ’09, however again if you use an older version then this is a very useful and clever app. It lets you add HTML or Javascript code to your site in a very intuitive way; simply add a rounded-rectangle the size you want your code snippet to be and type the code inside that. After exporting, you point iWeb Enhancer at your site and it will magically turn all of those elements into proper code snippets.

Price: $12.95
Developer: Chad Brantly
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later

Easy iWeb Publisher

Easy iWeb Publisher

Easy iWeb Publisher

The latest iWeb now has an FTP publishing feature, but if you are still using a previous version then you’ll know that trying to upload your site to your own FTP server as an alternative to MobileMe can be a bit of a chore. Easy iWeb Publisher makes this task a breeze. Once you’ve entered all of the upload details all you need to do is drag your site into the application and hit “Publish to Web”.

Price: Free
Developer: Plyxim
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later

Conclusion

The six above all add great features to iWeb that are or have been missing. As Apple realises that many of us want more than just a drag and drop website making application, iWeb is slowly improving, and so many of the older add-ons are becoming redundant. If you have upgraded to iLife ’09, the first four add-ons listed here are still very useful though.

What do you think of the iWeb add-ons above? Are there any others you use that we’ve missed, or have you moved on from iWeb entirely? Let us know in the comments.


  • Evan Wired

    Every link in the story is broken. Perhaps you should be using iWeb to manage your site?

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      Nice one Evan :-)

      All updated, thanks for the pointer.

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      LOL!

  • Ethan Wright

    Thanks! Man, I’ve been really disappointed with iWeb because of lack of editing choices.

  • edion86

    One of the worst things in iWeb is the fact that you CAN’T zoom!!! Maybe I couldn’t find it but… I’m quite sure.

    Great post anyway, i have no idea of code and iWeb is a good help for making simple things.
    Maybe there is a lac of effects with movements…

    Salutten!

  • Adam Jones

    At 6 applications the list is small but when you subtract the apps that are mooted by iWeb ’09, there are what, 3 useful add-ons? Why is there such a dearth of third party iWeb support? The plusses for iWeb are numerous: dead simple, WYSIWYG, drag and drop widgets, easy publishing, integrates with MobileMe galleries, and of course it comes free with every Mac. Most Mac users do not know what they are missing. Maybe Apple should provide free limited hosting or LJ integration to jump start iWeb use.

  • edion86

    Great post! I’ve using iWeb lately since i have no idea of code. But it really have a lack tools. Effects, movements, buttons… But what really annoys me is: i CAN’T zoom!!!

  • edion86

    sorry for the doble post :-p (you can delete any of them)

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