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kananaskis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 25, 2012 9:29 AM

I am on Mountain Lion and have two major websites constructed using iWeb. I have taken it upon myself to check out on colleague's PCs how the two websites download on Internet Explorer. I realize there are issues with some of the PC users who are still on Windows XP and have not updated their IE. Becuase the majority of viewers are PC/IE users [and probably not updated], the two websites I check out have appeared on some of their pages to be haphazardly displayed giving the impression they are poorly designed — which they are not because I spend hours designing each of the website's pages.


I thought that I would help myself out by downloading IE 10 onto my MacBook [OSX-Mountain Lion] and discovered by checking the IE website, there is no such download for the Mac. I contacted Microsoft and found out that there will never be such a download because Mountain Lion does not IE 10.


As a volunteer, I have no budget to purchase a PC Windows 8 just for this purpose. I am trying to seek colleagues with PCs Windows 8 and IE 10 and the highest speed internet, to come over to my home office and assist me after I do a download. By doing so, where there are pages not downloading properly, redesign them and try again. When I check out the 2 websites at a neighbour's who has a MacBook and is on Mountain Lion using Safari, the pages download properly even with a slower version of high speed.


I am seeking advice on what is the best plan for my circumstances. If the Forum community has a much better plan, by all means please tell me.


Thank you, in advance, for your time.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)

    There's nothing wrong with iWeb webpages. Or any webpage for that matter.


    The problem is MSIE.


    Do not waste your time to solve a problem that cannot be solved. Especially problems you do not create.


    Tell your PC friends and family they have choice to use other browsers.


    It's their problem. Let them figure it out.

    I thought that I would help myself out by downloading IE 10 onto my MacBook [OSX-Mountain Lion] and discovered by checking the IE website, there is no such download for the Mac. I contacted Microsoft and found out that there will never be such a download because Mountain Lion does not IE 10.

    MSIE for Mac was cancelled 100 years ago.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)

    Unfortunately there are millions of people still using IE and V 9 is actually not too bad.


    You can't just ignore a third of your potential visitors so you should at least try to find solutions...




    One of the biggest problems with iWeb built sites is the size and number of files that need to be downloaded for each page of the site. You can do a lot to cut this down by keeping the content tight and the images small.


    A website that locks up IE can be made to load using an optimizer...


  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)

    You do have the latest version of iWeb.  3.0.4 is the latest and last version of iWeb abailable. 



  • LindaLeeMee Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Another huge problem for web page designers is that not everyone's computer has the lovely fonts you may have on yours and attempt to use in designing your site, and then their browser makes a substitute if the computer trying to view your website's fonts don't match your site. It can be very ugly - such as Courier instead of Verdana - it can cause size issues big time. Image bullets we use in front of text on our macs are often replaced with something else. You're better off to use a "web safe" font both in your text boxes and for text bullets.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)

    When possible, you should stick with web safe fonts...



    WIth iWeb you can convert non web safe fonts to an image but this is not a good idea since they will make your website even slower to download and the search engine spiders will not be able to read the "text".


    You can also use hosted fonts but this is not so easy to implement with iWeb...


  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)

    Safari is available for Microsoft windows users but hardly anybody uses it since Google Chrome is faster and better.


    Since returning to Scotland I have noticed that a large number of mainstream European sites don't work too good in Safari. There are so few users that designers don't seem to bother testing their sites in the Apple browser.


    Safari for desktop is not a particularly good browser and Apple doesn't appear to put much effort into resolving its issues now that mobile Safari is the big "seller".


    Mac users should test their sites in Firefox and Chrome before even bothering to look at it in Safari. Also, try to check out your site in both IE V 8 and 9 now and again.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,255 points)

    Windows users can download IE V 9 which is actually not too bad a browser and should load your iWeb built site OK.


    The problem is that there are still too many people using older versions of IE right back to 6.


    Internet Explorer had to be brought up to date because the older versions didn't support media queries which so many web designers are using now so that their sites will be viewable on the various sizes of mobile devices.


    Website designers have always had to hack around to get sites to work in IE. In a recent client project I had to create a completely separate stylesheet so that the site was viewable in IE 8. This was simply to get around the problem of media queries. There are a couple of javascripts you can apply to achieve the same thing but they add to the page download time quite noticeably which rather defeats the purpose of slimmed down mobile designs. 


    IE 8 and older will fade away so the problem iWeb users will face in the future is any incompatibility with IE 10 since Apple is not going to be there to fix any problems.

  • Lanther Merlock Calculating status...

    The problem I have is with some students who use iWeb created their websites and publishes them to a local folder. When they go and preview the website is safari it not displaying properly any ideas? as to what is causing this. They are running snow leopard with sarfari 5.1.9. It could be how they have coded in iWeb but since most of the coding done for you I do not believe that is the case

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