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JasperMacOSX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have searched all over google, but couldn't find any (good) ones. I found a few christmas ones,

and "Intense Black", but I'd like something better. Does anyone have some themes for iWeb that

can be used for both private and business use?



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,605 points)

    Learn to create your own custom theme by starting out with either the Black, White, or Modern Frame blank page  and  design your own. Those are the only themes that can increase their page widths. The other themes use fixed width image files as part of the page design which will not scale up wider than the default width.  The Formal theme, expept for the blog and podcast pages, can be widened also.


    Since iWeb has been discontinued by Apple there is not much out there in the way of 3rd party themes. Also any theme you might obtain should have it's own installer. Otherwise it can't be used by iWeb.


    There is an proported 3rd party iWeb replacement in the works.  You can read about it here: Easyweb



  • JasperMacOSX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a reason for me asking the question I asked, and not another one.

    - I want to stick to iWeb

    - I suck at making themes from scratch

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    Some users have had problems with third party themes so beware.


    This one is in the App Store...


  • JasperMacOSX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Read the title: "FREE".

    Also, some apps in the app store have been commented on with problems.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,605 points)

    If you haven't found any free themes thru Google we sure won't do any better.  Remember you get what you pay for.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    Get real - nothing in this life is free.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    I have a video for creating your own themes/designs but, since iWeb is no longer being updated it's not likely that you are going to find a lot of high quality themes free or paid.


  • JasperMacOSX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Like I said, I suck at designing.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    Creating new sites with iWeb is not a brilliant idea since the application is no longer being developed or supported.


    Creating your own "theme" or design using iWeb isn't too good an idea either since this usually involves a whole bunch of PNG images which is one of the reasons that iWeb created sites take so long to load in the browser. If you were going to design a business site in iWeb it should be as simple as possible with absolutely no strokes, frames, borders, drop shadows, translucent overlays etc.


    The main advantage to using a master sylesheet for the whole site is that the browser only has to download it once. This is in contrast to an iWeb site where all the files for the page have to be downloaded for each one. Not a very efficient way to create a website even although it does allow those with little or no knowledge to create sites.


    I'm not putting down iWeb for this since it is actually a lot better than most applications of its type and certainly superior to Wordpress which is probably one of the most popular ways to create websites but also one of the worst.


    Nowadays, HTML is very simple to learn since all the hard work is done in the CSS stylesheet. There are literally thousands of free stylesheets to found on the internet and a quick search is bound to turn up something that you like.


    Here's a quick example of one that's been modified only slightly using the freeware Fraise...



    The header image and few other styles were changed to produce a design for a total cost of $0 - apart from a little of my time.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    You will never learn until you try and/or take a class. 

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,605 points)

    Find a site you like the looks of and then try to duplicate it starting with one of the themes I suggested.

  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (10,520 points)

    Why is it that you are always slating WordPress?  There are litterally thousands of WordPress sites around now and lots of people with older websites decide to re-design them using WordPress.  I checked out a colleagues website recently and his old site was up and then a few weeks later I checked and he had moved it to WordPress instead. 


    Lots of people are doing it and lots of people use it along with the other CMS's such as Joomla, so it can't all be bad.  It is very handy also if you want to have people subscribe to your site or to create member only pages.


    I have to say that I have a site in WordPress too - I registered a new domain name not long ago and decided to build a new site and used WordPress instead.  As far as I can see, there is not that much wrong with it and lots of people like it because of the plugins that are simple to install and use.

  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,580 points)

    Don't be so harsh on Mr McKay.


    He's an expert and visionary. If I didn't know better I would think he invented the interwebs and wrote the specifications for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and everything else.


    Imagine how the world would be without his wisdom.


    And since he knows nothing about iWeb, he has to promote his business in this forum. Give him a break.


    I also have a bad feeling he's the principal adviser and consultant of the new Easyweb app by RageSW.

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    There are millions of computers using Microsoft WIndows. Doss that make it any better than iit actually is?


    Wordpress is a CMS which was designed for creating blogs. Its not a design system. Its good for those with no knowledge of web design since its jsut a question of filling in the blanks - kind of like coloring by numbers.


    To make life easy for users, there's a lot of stuff included in a Wordpress page just in case its needed - not because its required. If you look at a Wordpress stylesheet you'll get an idea of what I'm referring to. The browser has to download all this junk on the off chance that somebody might need a small part of it.

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