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knikhusky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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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
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  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,680 points)
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    Sep 3, 2009 12:29 AM (in response to knikhusky)
    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.
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  • ihearok Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2009 6:29 AM (in response to Ethmoid)
    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.
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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Sep 3, 2009 2:28 PM (in response to knikhusky)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. See this demo page: Text Based Navbar.

    OT
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  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,680 points)
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    Sep 4, 2009 12:51 AM (in response to knikhusky)
    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.
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  • Terry Hutchinson Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Sep 6, 2009 9:30 AM (in response to knikhusky)
    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.
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  • star-fish Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 9:19 AM (in response to knikhusky)
    No, font doesn't affect it at all.

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