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Reader W L Cheung would like a bit more from iWeb when he’s on the road. He writes:

I used to share my photos by homepage.mac.com. After I upgraded to iLife 06, I find iWeb is more suitable for my needs. However, I can only manage my site on one computer. Can I use iWeb and edit the page when I’m not home?


I add the extra consonants to hint that although you can manage an iWeb site from more than one computer, you can’t manage it via a web site as you did with your .Mac homepage. It’s like this:

iWeb stores the resources for its site within your user folder. Specifically, you’ll find those resources here: youruserfolder /Library/Application Support/iWeb/Domain. It’s this Domain file that holds the goods.

To muck with your iWeb site on another Mac, you must copy this Domain file from the Mac that originally assembled the site to the same location (the path I just provided) on the other Mac. Launch iWeb on the new Mac and iWeb will display the site created on that other Mac. Edit as you like.

When you return to the original Mac, you’ll need to copy the on-the-road Mac’s Domain file back to the location of the original, replacing that now-out-of-date original Domain file.

Ah, but what if you’re already on the road and don’t have that Domain file with you? There’s the rub. Because it’s web-based you can change a .Mac homepage from any computer that has an Internet connection and web browser. iWeb sites and pages are produced locally—as I explained, their resources are stored on your computer rather than on the Web. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to plan ahead and pack the Domain folder with you when you travel.

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