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Tips for signing up with a new host for iWeb

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sofromlex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 15, 2012 1:23 PM

I'm probably going to go with GoDaddy since I have my domain with them.  I am expecting a salescall from them to set up the transfer next week-might as well go to the end of June with Mobile Me.


What's the most I need to buy for hosting one simple website that has worked perfectly well with iWeb? I don't want to buy anything extra that I don't need thru them. I see SSL for an additional $69 but I never used it before and doubt I'Il need it now. Don't really know what it is!


When I look at the iDisk storage space on iWeb, it says I have used 73.7MB of space, so it's not a big site, if that helps.



iWeb '08, iOS 5.0.1
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 1:54 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    Signup for the cheapest deal and be happy.


    And since you use iWeb 08, iWeb is not involved as you have to publish to a folder and then upload these files with a 3rd party FTP app.


    Once you have don that, don't forget to delete te CNAME record.


    And browse this forum. It's been discussed every day for the past year.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 2:00 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    From user experience in this forum, GoDaddy are not the best in the world for tech support in regard to iWeb built sites.


    You don't need SSL unless you need extra encryption for top secret files!


    Some tips for choosing hosting...



    Most deals give you at least one free domain registration.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,990 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 3:01 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    This may be of help to you: Life After MobileMe.



  • Cyclosaurus Level 6 Level 6 (12,915 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 4:29 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    just make sure you sign up with linux or unix machine and with apache http server.

  • Cyclosaurus Level 6 Level 6 (12,915 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 4:43 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    well, just make sure your future host doesn't put your site on m$ windows machine. it's trouble.

  • Cyclosaurus Level 6 Level 6 (12,915 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 4:57 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    m$ = microsoft


    just make sure you ask for apache web server, they should know.

  • dlm22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 5:10 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    I just did this today with Machighway and am very happy. It was super-easy to publish my site directly using iweb, and it looks great. They provide very clear, user-friendly instructions tailored for iweb users, and I had no error messages or any sort of problems at all with the process. Everything in iweb displays perfectly, and I can't tell the difference between that and Mobileme. Seamless.


    The price was very good, less than $40 per year to host my site plus I get a few email addresses. This is less than half the cost of Mobileme. They have 24-7 phone support and they speak perfect English (I called the with a question before signing up).


    Contrast that with two other services I tried yesterday. First, Macmate. This is a UK company that does not have phone support after-hours (I tried calling them last night at 10PM, no luck). You have to download a program onto your computer to use it. After you install the program, its asks you for a password. I typed in the password I set up when I signed up for the service, but it didn't work. I emailed tech support and the next day they told me they had reset my password "to the one you used when you signed up". I tried it again, still didn't work. I asked them for a refund, and they immediately issued one, no questions asked.


    My domain name was already registered at, so I decided to give them a try. Huge mistake. I could not connect to their server using FTP in iweb. Nothing but error messages. They have no phone support, and if you try to use live chat you get someone who cannot type a sentence in English. I swear one of their instructions was "Please provide me with the * in case they are". They waited a full five minutes to respond every time I typed something. After two hours of following their instructions doing something called "traceroute" in terminal, I decided to try to get my money back. They are being resistant, so it looks like I am going to have to eat the annual fee which was $47.


    Of the three hosting services I tried, Machighway was the cheapest, the most user-friendly, had the best support, clear instructions specifically for iweb users, and, best of all, it worked. Highly recommend.

  • dlm22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:00 PM (in response to dlm22)

    Update: Namecheap has issued me a refund. I think all I had to do was say the word "iweb". So, my advice is that it really does pay off to go with a host that caters to mac users. Don't assume that you will just figure it out.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:05 PM (in response to sofromlex)

    Here is some information you may find useful for publishing to a third party WebHost in this case ( IX WebHosting ) they're who I use  MobileMe to IX Webhosting Blog

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