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Choosing a page style

Not sure what the difference is between various iWeb pages? Here’s a breakdown of what you can—and can’t—do with each page.

Welcome

This page is designed to be the first page people see when they come to your site. Use this page to tell visitors a little bit about what they might find on your site, but keep it short. You want the page to load quickly.

Blank

This page lets you start with a clean slate, while still maintaining the look of your theme.

About me

This page typically includes places for links to your favorite Web sites, iTunes playlists, and photo albums.

Photos

This page creates photo galleries. iWeb places photos in a grid that you can arrange into two or three columns. To adjust how much caption information appears, open the Graphic tab in the Inspector pane and adjust the Caption Height slider. Use the scroll bar under the Style heading to choose a different photo frame for your images. Oddly, you can’t add a link to a photocast on the Photos pages (see Another Way to Share Photos ). For that, you’ll need a Blog or Podcast page.

Movies

You can use the Movies page to showcase the movies you’ve created with iMovie, or movies from your digital camera. The movies will work in any standard Web browser, including Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Camino, and Internet Explorer. And unlike movies published through HomePage, iWeb’s video downloads don’t begin playing until the viewer clicks on the Play button.

Blog

When you add a Blog page, iWeb actually cre-ates three different pages: the Blog page, which includes a summary of the latest entries you’ve posted; the Entries page, which lets you add new blog posts or delete old ones; and the Archive page, which gives a very brief summary of every blog entry. With version 1.1, iWeb also lets you enable comments for blog posts, but this requires that you have a .Mac account.

Podcast

When you publish a podcast from GarageBand, this is one of the two places it can end up (you can also publish a podcast to a Blog page). Podcast pages work just like Blog pages, with entry, summary, and archive pages. If you decide to create a podcast, be sure to go to File: Submit Podcast To iTunes so you can get the word out about your podcast.

[ Chuck Toporek, a senior editor with O’Reilly Media, is the author of Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide (O’Reilly Media, 2005) and Inside .Mac (O’Reilly Media, 2004). Photographs by Peter Belanger ]

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