14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2013 8:35 PM by cope5lj
cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

Hello! I opened a dropbox account to store my iweb site folder. I am currently using Mountain Lion. But since I brought back my computer to apple, they replaced the battery, I then had error messages so i deleted everything and only added a few stuff back. I DO HAVE A TIME MACHINE BACKUP. But the folder for my site is stored on Dropbox, how can i open and edit my website through iweb?

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Ethmoid Level 6 (11,050 points)

    Well you saved the wrong thing on dropbox then.  It is NOT the site folder that you need and that is no good because it is the published version of your site and iWeb CANNOT open that published version of your site, because it has NO import facility and is unable to open html and css files, which your published site consists of.


    It is the domain.sites file that you need - this stores iWeb data and iWeb can open this.  It is found under your User/Library/Application Support/iWeb/domain.sites.  Be sure that you look in your User Library and NOT your System Library, as iWeb is not there.  Also, in Mountain Lion, the Library folder is not visible, so you need to make it visible before you can get to it.


    If you cannot find your domain.sites file - which you should have, unless it has been wiped from your machine, then check your Time Machine backup to see whether you saved your domain.sites file and if you did, then you are in luck and all you need to do is double click on it and iWeb will open it.


    If for some reason you did not back up your domain.sites file and did not back up all your user applications, then you are out of luck and you will have to re-build your site from scratch in iWeb.


    Remember next time to backup and backup the correct file too - it is your domain.sites file that you need and NOT a site folder - iWeb cannot open anything in a site folder because it is already published and iWeb has no import facility, so cannot open html and css files.

  • cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

    If you look at this picture, I went into the library, opened application support, but there is still no iweb, can you please help. (This was a complete backup on my computer)Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 9.19.00 AM.png

  • Wyodor Level 6 (19,730 points)

    You must learn to read :


    It is found under your User/Library/Application Support/iWeb/domain.sites.
    Be sure that you look in your User Library and NOT your System Library, as iWeb is not there. 


    User means your HOME directory : Command-Shift-H in the Finder.


    And a picture to get you started :



  • cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

    First of all this is a timemachine backup, and I need to know where in that back up is my library!

    I am currently running 10.8 (MT Lion) and I still cannot find the Folder as it is hidden.


    Then when I open the backup, it shows 5 folders I can open...

    and USERS


    Inside Apps: Nothing but all my applications i installed on my previous computer

    Inside Library: Folders Including APPLICATION SUPPORT, but iWeb isn't in there...
    Inside opt: X11 and nothing else

    Inside System: Library... with the following Pictures

    Inside users: _Name of User_ (Folder), no LIBRARY


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  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Have you searched for iWeb Domain in TimeMachine?


    Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 12.31.35 PM.png

  • Wyodor Level 6 (19,730 points)

    The Mac help will help you where the hidden folder is. Even which buttons to press to see the menu item of the hidden folder.


    Look carefully at the picture I provided.


    When in the folder, go back in time to find the file you want.


    Earlier posts contain the pathname of the iWeb folder and even the name of the file iWeb uses.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 (2,655 points)
    I am currently running 10.8 (MT Lion) and I still cannot find the Folder as it is hidden.



    when in the "GO" menu hold the "option" key to reveal the library

  • cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

    There is no menu Bar in time machine so i cannot search for help, and I searched a nothing came up.


    Is there a way to edit an iweb site from just the published folder?

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Search bar:


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  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)
    I am currently running 10.8 (MT Lion) and I still cannot find the Folder as it is hidden.


    Another way of making the User Library folder accessible as it was with Snow Leopard and earlier systems is the following:


    NOTE: 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.



  • cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, since I cannot find the iweb folder, is there a program that will let me convert the published folder into an iweb site?

  • Ethmoid Level 6 (11,050 points)

    No there isnt.  If you want to continue with an iWeb website, then you will have to re-build your site from scratch in iWeb and then ensure that you backup your domain.sites file this time.


    The only other thing that you can do is to purchase another web creation package that has import facilities which iWeb does not, which will allow you to import the html pages and files and css.


    Packages that can do this are Dreamweaver and Flux 4 - however, be warned that the code may be all over the place when you do this and it could be so distorted that it is not worth it and it could be quicker just to re-build your site in iWeb using the drag and drop method.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)

    Try the following:


    1 - download and launch  Find Any File.


    2 - select your Time Machine drive as the drive to search.


    3 - search for "Domain.sites"

    FAF can search invisible folders so has can find your domain file in the invisible library in the TM backup if it's there.  Be aware that, due to the nature of the TM backups, it will    take a while to complete the search.

    4 - if you find the domain file drag it from the serch results window to your Deaktop. Then put it in your Users/Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder.  To make that folder visible follow my previous post.


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    If you have a domain file in Time Machine FAF will find it.

  • cope5lj Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked!!!! Thanks! It wasn't the latest backup but it was good enough!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!! I'm so sorry i wasn't able to award you with "Best Answer" I accidentally clicked "This Helped me."