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Font Problem When Publishing to Web

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Escher93 Calculating status...
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Mar 23, 2011 1:41 PM
I have built a site in iWeb and have published it to a subdomain hosted at GoDaddy in anticipation of replacing an old site. It was looking good except for a font size problem on one page. Today, a new justification problem has shown up.

Here is the problem page:

There are two problems:
1) The "snowbirds" heading is centred, but it is showing as justified to the left on iWeb
2) The font size in the text box under the bolded headings appears to be very small in comparison to the font size at the top of the text box. Yet in iWeb, the font size and style both appear the same and are the same size and style when I check it in the Font tool.

Everything looks fine when I look at it in iWeb.

I have published to a folder on my hard drive. The heading is fine in this version. No centre problems. The tiny font problem remains in this version though.

Any ideas?
  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Mar 26, 2011 12:55 PM (in response to Escher93)
    First you need to troubleshoot iWeb to solve the "tiny font" problem. See under "Fix iWeb" here...

    Republish to a local folder to see if this is fixed.

    With regard to the server side version, how are you uploading the files - iWeb FTP or another application?
    iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 26, 2011 1:07 PM (in response to Escher93)
    From my experience with iweb and web sites, you need to use a web safe font... or make the font a graphic.
    I cant see your site as the link is not working...

    I have found uploading via FTP to hosts and also publishing from mobile me with framed forwarding has worked on 7 sites i have made in iweb.
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Kromelek Calculating status...
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    Oct 28, 2011 3:42 AM (in response to Escher93)

    If you want to maintain the font and repair the issue very fast, i advise you to convert all fonts to image and then upload it.

    The problem it's solved.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 9:24 AM (in response to Kromelek)

    Converting text to a graphic will more or less guarantee that that your site will not be indexed properly by search engines since there's nothing for the spiders to "read". The can't look at your images and there's no way to add alt tags to the images in iWeb - you need to do this post publishing.


    iWeb built sites produce huge amounts of code which causes slow download in the browser. Converting text to images compounds this.


    Google gives a lower ranking to slow loading sites so, if your site is in any way business related, you need to speed it up - not slow it down.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 9:30 AM (in response to Andrew Beswick Design)

    Any type of forwarding that hides the "real" URL of a page is bad practice for SEO and should be avoided in most cases.

  • Kromelek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 2:40 PM (in response to Roddy)

    I don't agree Roddy, i spend hours trying to solve the font problem, i used safe fonts for web and a lot of more tricks like cleaning preferences etc etc, i spend more time solving the font problem that doing the site himself.

    There's a problem with iweb and is big because the css generated should solve this.


    As a designer i need to use my time carefully and try not to waist it, i'm not here to tell people what to do, i just tought that i could help anyone with the same problem.


    People here just read options and use them if they want to. I didn't found here nobody with this kind of solution so i tought to share it.


    About the spiders and tags, you solve this easily, just put them with the same color as background and behind objects,for sure not the best solution but it works.I can compress images size behind your imagination so the site is everything but not slow...... just be creative man.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 4:18 PM (in response to Kromelek)

    iWeb has been around for a long time and most problems with fonts are due to user error or the system setup.


    iWeb is an entry level software and was never meant for serious web design. Designers can specify non websafe fonts if they have control over the stylesheet since alternatives can be set in the rules...


    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;


    This is not possible with iWeb and unsuitable substitutions by the end users equipment mess up the layout - particularly when viewed on PCs using Internet Explorer.


    What you are suggesting by hiding text in the page is considered spamming by Google and is high on the list of things you definitely do NOT do as far as SEO is concerned.


    Converting text to image is mentioned regularly in this form and is also covered in the iWeb help files. It can be used sparingly as a design technique but it is really bad practice and should be avoid if possible.


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