Apple Ditching iWeb Application, Hosting

Steve Jobs has personally responded to an email regarding the future of iWeb, an oft-forgotten point-and-click website creation and hosting solution bundled with the iLife software suite. Previously, iWeb sites could be hosted by Apple through MobileMe, but now, Cupertino will be using the storage space for something they rightfully deem more important.

Q: Dear Mr. Jobs,

Will I need to find an alternative website builder and someone to host my sites? I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than mobileme ever did.

A: Yep.

Sent from my iPhone

iWeb may have produced shoddy HTML, but it was a helpful tool for novice web developers—and certainly produced better looking sites than Geocities (R.I.P.). The application hasn’t been updated since iLife ’09, and while users can continue to use the neglected app with 3rd party hosting, it may be time to move on. MobileMe will be gently put down on June 30th, 2012.

If you’re looking for a dirt cheap way to host a website (while avoiding sketchy free solutions), try Dropbox. Bandwidth is limited, but it’s enough to get code on the net without a longterm commitment. There are a handful of WYSIWYG HTML editors available on OS X, including the popular Adobe Dreamweaver and the lightweight Flux.


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