11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2009 9:19 AM by star-fish
knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I published my first website using iWeb. Evidently the search engines aren't finding it because it is "frames" format. It needs to be in "html" format. How do I convert what I've already created? I'm a novice Mac user (since April) and definitely a novice website designer/publisher. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance...Sandi

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,955 points)
    Where are you publishing to - MobileMe or an external server?

    iWeb does publish as html so I really don't understand your question.

    The one thing that does prevent iWeb sites being found by search engines is the navigation bar at the top of your site. If you use the one that comes with the page template that you are using, then this will be in javascript. For your site to be found it would be better to hide the original nav bar and build your own text based nav bar instead.
  • 2. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    ihearok Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same thing, I made a few sites w/ iWeb and they dropped off Google serches completely. But I love the ease of iWeb so I went searching and I found this article very helpful, and it makes good, common sense.

    http://www.ragesw.com/blog/2008/04/12/seo-for-iweb-how-to-get-your-iweb-websites -into-google-other-major-search-engines/

    It is the Rage SEO website (no affiliation). I used their free SEO Tool to add meta tags and alt tags to photos, and then bought Rage Sitemap Automator to make a sitemap. I also got a Google Webmaster account and verified my sites. Google asks you to create an html file with a specific name provided by Google. I made a blank html page and just named it per Google then uploaded it on my site.

    However, I just did this a few days ago and my sites still aren't showing up in searches but I figure Google hasn't crawled them yet. We shall see.
  • 3. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I published with iPOWER. I also used the SEO tool, but the search engines still never acknowledged the keywords and alt text I used.
  • 4. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using the navigation bar in the template. How do you create your own and how do you delete what the template comes with. This should be something iWEB fixes. It's becoming very exhausting to try to get out of frames and into html. My page did not publish in html format. Let me know if you need the page link. I don't know if that will help.
  • 5. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. See this demo page: Text Based Navbar.

    OT
  • 6. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,955 points)
    iWeb does not really need to fix issues like this - it is your choice as to whether you use the page template nav bar or create your own.

    To hide the original nav bar open iWeb and Inspector and go to Page and you can then click on 'hide nav bar' and also 'include page'. This will hide the nav bar and you can then create your own. You can create your own by using a text box or shapes and typing in the page links that you want and then clicking on Inspector and Hyperlink to link your pages together.

    Every time you publish from iWeb it creates html pages - use the ftp to a folder option. When you have done this you get all the html pages that you can then open in Safari. Just go to your Home Sites folder and you will see your iWeb site folder - double click and all your html pages are there. Double click on these and Safari will open them. To open them in any other way, you will need an html editor - TextWrangler is good and free to download.
  • 7. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I used SubmitNet to evaluate my website and it said it was missing title tags, missing meta description, and no meta keywords found. How does the nav bar control all of those? I used the iWEB SEO tool to input those items...I thought. But, evidently the search engines still don't find them. I am very frustrated and currently reconstructing my website using a tool at iPOWER. I like what I originally created and wish to use it, but I don't want to fool with it any more unless what I do will really work. That's why I'm hesitant to reconfigure the nav bar. I just don't see how that will allow the title tags, meta description, and keywords to be found. I'm completely exasperated!
  • 8. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's also kinda silly that the nav bar on the templates offered by iWeb should have this problem. I'm really amazed that Mac (and I made the jump in April) hasn't offered an upgrade or fix to this problem! I have jumped through so many hoops in the hope that what I have done would work. I'm sounding like and feeling like I'm operating on a PC!
  • 9. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a quick question, but would the font I used affect any of these items? I created my site using Comic Sans MS. Can the search engines read that? I just wonder if my problems could be caused by the font, seeing that not too many people are having the same problems as I am experiencing with publishing through iWeb.
  • 10. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    Terry Hutchinson Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    You need to create a sitemap.xml file in your root directory. You can cobble this thing together manually or use a tool like RAGE sitemap automator. What matters is that all the pages you create and want indexed by Google should be in the sitemap. Then the sitemap is submitted to google via their webmaster functions and the google crawlers will find your pages.
  • 11. Re: I need to change from "frames" format to html...
    star-fish Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
    No, font doesn't affect it at all.