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Apr 29, 2012 7:47 AM

I am quite sure this has been asked (several times) before, so please forgive me. I have a MacBook Pro on which I designed a family website using iWeb. The last update to the site was last summer (it is only for family and friends to access photographs).

Last October I suffered a hard drive failure and then discovered that my Time Machine backup was also corrupted (lucky white heather)! Fortunately I am a belts and braces gal and I had all my files backed up on another external hard drive. However, it now appears that I do not have a copy of our website files. Can I download the pages and import them back to iWeb?

If not, is there anything else I can try or am I starting from scratch?

Thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Iainsmummy)

    As often discussed in this forum, you'll need the domain.sites2 file iWeb uses to store its assets, including the original photos.


    If that file is missing, or not available from a backup, you'll have to start from scratch, meaning : Copy/Paste text and images (you can drag them) from the published pages.


    Small consolation, if you carefully copy text from the webpage in the browser window, iWeb will retain the formatting when you do Command-V (= paste). The textbox is automagically created.


    And no, iWeb cannot import or open HTML files.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to Iainsmummy)

    Try searching for Domain.sites2 (or Domain if you have file extensions turned off in Finder prefs) on your backup using Spotlight.


    If Spotlight can't find it, try downloading the freeware Find File.

  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,670 points)
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    May 1, 2012 12:03 AM (in response to Iainsmummy)

    It is possible that you have used MobileMe and if so, then your site files will be stored on your iDisk - just log into your MMe account and you can drop and drag your site folders to your desktop for easy reference to help you re-build your site in iWeb.


    However, remember that MobileMe will cease to exist at the end of June this year so if you want to continue hosting your site, you'll have to firstly register a domain name if you don't already have one and find a new host to upload your site to - have a look at GoDaddy and HostExellence for starters, they are good alternatives.

  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,670 points)
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    May 1, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to Iainsmummy)

    Well, no you have not moved to iCloud - iCloud is NOT a replacement for MobileMe and does NOT host websites. As long as you still have a MobileMe account, then it us published here - you need to log out of iCloud and log in separately to MobileMe.


    The directory/path is for your new host - this is provided by your host and is is not domain.sites2 - this is the data file where iWeb stores all your data.  Not the same.


    If you want to continue to host your website, then you will have to go to a company such as GoDaddy or HostExellence and purchase a hosting account from them and then upload your site there.  Where did you register your domain name?  If they sell hosting too, purchase from hosting from them.  Some companies such as HostExcellence offer free domain registration if you purchase hosting.


    You are definitely not using iCloud to host your site as it is NOT a web host.


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