Apple’s iWeb publishing software rode off into the sunset last year, but the guys at Rage Software are convinced the world is still looking for a suitable replacement. Coming soon is EasyWeb, which they say will help users create their own Web pages just as effectively as Apple's now-shuttered Web service—and just as easily.
“We’ve had iWeb clients begging us to come up with this,” said Rage’s Paul Levine, who previously developered add-ons for iWeb, and knew a number of the service’s dedicated users. “A lot of people didn’t realize how popular iWeb was.”
The EasyWeb service is still in beta testing—it only has a Facebook page, and Rage Software only announced the product right before the opening of Macworld/iWorld. But a quick demonstration of EasyWeb certainly looked like it was worthy of the name: Users start out with predesigned templates, then customize them by dragging and dropping in elements—like menus, image galleries, social media buttons and more—at the user’s discretion.
After the page is create, Levine said, users will have access to “one-click” publishing; Rage offers web hosting starting at $5 a month. EasyWeb should be available to the public “within a month or two.”