12 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2013 3:38 PM by PonyGirrl
apetrose Level 1 (0 points)

I have successfully moved my Monmouth Boat Club (monmouthboatclub.org) site to an FTP server and it has its ups and downs but generally OK. I am aware of the quirkiness of opening iWeb domain in Lion as opposed to Snow Leopard. And, above all, I back up the domain multiple places. My latest and most annoyng problem is that on my iMac (running 10.6.8), at times the domain will BOOT but not OPEN..... iWeb open innavigation but I can't get the page up. It might open the fourth time I try...or an hour or a day later. In a pinch, I go back to one of my laptops (running Lion) and open it and make changes. However, Ineed the domain to both boot and open every time on my iMac/Snow Leopard machine.Is anyone having a similar problem and can you give me some advice....



  • Roddy Level 6 (17,265 points)

    Try the troubleshooting steps under "Fix iWeb" and also look at "iWeb and Lion OS X 10.7" on this page...



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    My latest and most annoyng problem is that on my iMac (running 10.6.8), at times the domain will BOOT but not OPEN

    Do you get an iWeb window with the menu bar at top but nothing else or something like that?  If so try this:


    1 - close iWeb and launch iPhoto.

    2  - select a couple of photos and use the Share ➙ iDVD menu option.


    Somethimes it takes a couple of tries to jump start iWeb.



  • apetrose Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad..... wow, that helped open it up... sent photo to a photo page that Idid not show in navigation and opened. HOWEVER...that is the good news. When I went to most pages, they were fine, EXCEPT WELCOME PAGE which was there but blank.... did not try to rebuid yet.... let site up... any further idea.



  • apetrose Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad...another question.... is Lion doing something to iWeb when I am running domain on the laptop that is having a problem when I bring it back to iMac and Snow Leopard.... solution might be to get iMac onto Lion and just go through the open from applicaiton and dig oout domain from applicaiton support to save... any thoughts?



  • apetrose Level 1 (0 points)

    Old toad...more more thing from your first note.... yes, when iWeb boots I get the navigation menu so the program looks open with no page visible....



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    Yes.  Lion has messed up the iWeb preference file.  There is an easy solution for that:


    In Lion the 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 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 com.apple.iWeb 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 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.

  • apetrose Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad.... your posts have been helpful, however, it seems to me it might make sense to move my iMac to Lion NOW and access my domain from the application as Apple recommends.........and just back up domain from the User-Library-Application Support-iWeb where it lives to my back-up drives. Otherwise to use it on Snow Leopard and Lion machines I am doing a lot of extra stuff.... Any reason not just to go ALL LION? Thanks for staying with me on this.....



  • PonyGirrl Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Old Toad.  I have Snow Leopard OS 10.6.8.

    For years, I just click on the iWeb icon, and there's my iWeb pages.

    Now, I click on the iWeb icon, and I'm given their "WELCOME TO iWEB" tutorial page.

    I cannot access my personal pages.

    I've rebooted several times, same thing.


    I go into my Hard Drive, the Library, and I eventually find the domaine.

    I click there, nothing.


    In the past, you wrote:


    In Lion the 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 "


    I have NO idea what that means.

    I have no idea how to enter anything in the Termianal application window.

    What's a Terminal application window?


    I am so frustrated.

  • Wyodor Level 6 (19,730 points)

    You have Snow Leopard. Lion is another animal.


    And the Terminal application is in the Applications => Utilities folder.


    And if you look carefully you'll see the characters in a different color. So there's your clue what to enter.


    But before you enter the characters, you have to find and open the application first.


    But since the Library folder is already VISIBLE you do not have to do all that.


    And besides that, there's no harm in learning. If you have access to the interwebs you can search for these difficult words.


    Use "what is [difficult word]" in the question. Or "what does [difficult word] mean".


    Or use Spotlight : command-space and start typing the characters.

    Or use the Dictionary. It's in the application folder.


    It's not technical. It has more to do with command of language and a sufficient vocabulary.


    All the knowledge of mankind available at your fingertips. Amazing, isn't it.


    Money is not enough.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    You don't need to move or upgrade to Lion just to use iWeb.  If you have other reasons to upgrade to Lion then that's your choice.


    Go to your Users/Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder and double click on the domain.sites file that resides in that location. 


    OR, do the following:


    1 - delete the iWeb preference file, com.apple.iWeb.plist, that resides in your

         User/Home/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iWeb's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

    User/Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.iWeb folder (Snow Leopard and Earlier).



    3 - launch iWeb and the domain file in your Users/Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder will be opened in iWeb.

  • PonyGirrl Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Old Toad!

    I simply  deleted iWeb.plist, relanched from the icon on my desktop, and it worked!!!

    (Home Folder/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iWeb.plist)




    I didn't touch the cache.


    I have no intentions of upgrading to Lion.


    You're so kind to help.  Can I give you 5 stars on any of your websites?  Lemme know.

  • PonyGirrl Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for responding, Wyodor.


    You taught me where the Terminal folder is, but when I opened it, there were no colors.  It just said the date when I last opened the computer.


    You're right in that it's always good to learn.  I googled my question, like I always do.  90% of the time, the answer doesn't apply to me, meaning I do what they say and don't get the results they say.  Or, I don't understand what they're talking about.  It's like me telling you "Just index the F-pile of the G-command."  Then you look up all these words and terminology, and it doesn't help.  I got honors in college, so I can't be THAT stupid, lol!


    I do appreciate your efforts to help.


    I found this website that spoke my language, was clear, and I understood: