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How do I recover lost iWeb Sites??

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Jan 14, 2013 7:27 AM

MacBook Pro with 10.8.2. with iWeb3.0.4: Lost sites and need to re-import. I do have back up but a gap of 20 hrs. of new work! I see no files. Any ideas on how I might recover? Odd thing is this is my first day of Web101 at community college which uses DreamWeaver. Dreamweaver appears anemic when comparing WYSIWYG / Design.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to jev7)

    You cannot import published webpages. You need a backup of the domain.sites2 file iWeb uses to store its assets.


    If you cared to look down the page with topics you would have found the answer :


    iweb: I saved my iweb onto dropbox, how can I open it up?


    Recovering an iWeb Site


    You can also search for answers :


  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,025 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 11:05 AM (in response to jev7)

    The domain file will be in your Users/Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder. However, in Mt. Lion the User/Home/Library folder is invisible.  You can make it visible and easily open your domain file as follows:


    In Lion and Mountain Lion the Home/Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.


    To open your domain file in Lion or Mountain Lion or to switch between multiple domain files Cyclosaurus has provided us with the following script that you can make into an Applescript application with Script Editor. Open Script Editor, copy and paste the script below into Script Editor's window and save as an application.

    do shell script "/usr/bin/defaults write iWebDefaultsDocumentPath -boolean no"

    delay 1

    tell application "iWeb" to activate


    You can download an already compiled version with this link: iWeb Switch Domain.


    Just launch the application, find and select the domain file in your Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder that you want to open and it will open with iWeb. It modifies the iWeb preference file each time it's launched so one can switch between domain files.

    WARNING: iWeb Switch Domain will overwrite an existing Domain.sites2 file if you select to create a new domain in the same folder.  So rename your domain files once they've been created to something other than the default name.




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