7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2013 2:42 AM by Dunne
 Dunne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can this happen?

I have recently upgraded to OSX 10.6.8 and  now find that when I open iWeb app it is showing source files from a year ago.  The version is iWeb 3.04.  Cannot remember if that was the version before upgrade. All very confusing.

Any help would be really appreciated.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (71,245 points)

    AFAIK 3.04 is the highest version that exists (it hasn't been updated for several years) - my copy says it was created in 2009 and modified in July 2011.


    When you say 'source files' you mean that your website seen in iWeb has reverted to an earlier version? iWeb stores its data in (user)/Library/Application Support/iWeb in a file called 'Domain'. This is the only way you can retrieve a site - iWeb can't re-import the published html files, so if that is the only 'Domain' file on your Mac then whatever in that is what you have and you can only update manually. You could check to see whether there is another Domain file anywhere else - it doesn't make a lot of sense that a system upgrade would have reverted this to an earlier version.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (127,410 points)

    Download  Find Any File   and search for ".sites2".  FAF can search areas that Spotlight can't like invisible folders, system folders and packages.  If there's another file with the ".sites2" file extension on your hard drive FAF will find it.



  •  Dunne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Roger and Old Toad

    That's good; at least the actual app version has not changed then.

    I downloaded FAF and it only found one file and that is the one Domain.sites2  and that opens the files from a year back.

    I'm in the dark now I'm afraid.

    Any further help appreciated very much.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (71,245 points)

    OK, let's just confirm a few details: am I correct in supposing that:


    • You had a Mac with an earlier operating system, and an iWeb site's Domain file with a later version than that which now exists
    • You hadn't moved the Domain file to somewhere else for convenience
    • You upgraded this Mac to Snow Leopard without doing a full erase, so that all the non-system files were left alone
    • You are still using the same User account that you were before
    • The Domain file you are using is in (user)/Library/Application Support/iWeb
    • You had made no external backup of your Mac before you upgraded


    If all these suppositions are true we are left with a mystery, since just upgrading the system might conceivably erase the Domain file (unlikely) but I don't see how it could mysteriously revert it to an older version. You would have had to have started saving from iWeb to a different location, leaving the old Domain file alone, and made changes in that for a time, and then managed to lose this later version somehow.


    Anyway, if you are in the end unable to locate the correct Domain file I'm afraid you're going to have to recreate the changes manually - you can of course use the published site as a references, and copy text and download images to use in the updating process. And please back everything up as you go!

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (127,410 points)

    You can try these two troubleshooting routines but it's a long shot: 


    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 try again.


    If that doesn't help continue with:


    1. move the domain file from your Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder to the Desktop.
    2. launch iWeb, create a new test site, save the new domain file and close iWeb.
    3. go to the your Home/Library/Application Support/iWeb folder and delete the new domain file.
    4. move your original domain file from the Desktop to the iWeb folder.
    5. launch iWeb and try again.
  •  Dunne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Gentlemen, thank you so much.

    Lots for me to work on now. I will do so at the weekend and hope that a positive result will be forthcoming. I'm a bit out of my depth on all this. I will let you know how I get on.

  •  Dunne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Please accept my apologies for taking so long in getting back to you.

    Roger; I can cofirm that things were as you outlined except I had not backed up the earlier source files; silly.  I had not used time machine but kept copies of documents and images on external drive.

    I have also carried out suggestions made by toad but with no success.

    A couple of days ago I started to reconstruct  the complete site (not too big) and hopefully now I will have it uploaded at the weekend.

    Thank you both again for your willingness to help.