How to upload iweb sites without a .mac account


NOTE: This article is for iWeb 08 and earlier.  Click here for how to do this in iWeb 09.

SUMMARY: iweb normally publishes your website to your .mac account on the apple server. But it also has an option in the file menu called ‘publish to folder’ which means it saves the entire website onto your computer. (It puts it in your user directory in a folder called ‘sites’)  You can then manually copy this folder to your own web account using a method called  ftp.

That information may be all you were after, but if you need step by step instructions on how to do it, read on!

Before you go any further, can I say the apple way of doing things is good and simple, so get a .mac account if you can.

It’s a lot simpler!

Still want to upload your iweb pages manually using ftp?

here goes…

1. You need to find out some technical sounding things from you ISP or web provider before you progress. Don’t be scared off by the funny names. They are actually quite simple. These are the details of where your webpage will be stored.

You will need 4 things.

FIRSTLY, the address of the ‘ftp server’ for where you want to put your website. If your website is ‘’ then it will be something like

SECONDLY you will have a username and password with it.

FINALLY will also have what we call a ‘directory‘ which is simply the place your files will be stored on the website and it will be something like this: ‘/public_html’

You will need to know all these 4 things before you proceed. It’s no use guessing them. If you don’t know them you need to ring ask your web provider who you are paying for your web hosting what these details are. In summary you need (1) ftp server address, (2) username, (3) password and (4) remote directory (or remote folder).

2. Download w2w. This seems to be the easiest way to do it. It’s here: With instructions.

3. Make and edit your website in iweb. In iweb select ‘publish to folder’ and it will save your iweb site into your user/sites directory on your computer.

4. Run w2w and it will copy the website from your user/sites directory on your own computer to you website on the internet. When you run w2w you will see a window like this:


Name can be anything.

Folder is the folder on your home computer. Hit Browse and go to your Macintosh HD/Users/Yourname/Sites/iwebsitetopublish and click on open.

The last 4 settings are the settings we talked about above from your ISP.

Fill them all in and press upload. From then on it remembers your settings for next time.

5. Each time you want to update your webpage, just repeat steps 3 and 4.

That’s it!


94 responses to “How to upload iweb sites without a .mac account”

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  2. ter_somo

    Very good

  3. bobyctilling

    Hi. I’ve just tried this and all I’m getting is an indexed/directory list of files on my website. Can anyone help ? Thanks

    1. John

      Your ISP may require you to rename your main index file to a certain file name such as index.htm or index.html or home, in order for the server to correctly identify the correct page as the start file. Whatever it is they will indicate on the web server faqs or setup pages. It could be any number of names or extensions names. Some Isp’s require that you rename your home file from iWeb’s index.html to index.htm or to home.html or welcome.html .

  4. I keep trying to upload my iweb page and instead of ending up in my public_http file it goes into my home directory, and then they have to be moved. Any ideas

  5. Melissa

    What do I do when I get “Error uploading the files to, curl returned error number 67.”

  6. Evening i just came across your site from Yahoo and have been browsing around some of your posts and just wondering why you chose a WordPress site dont you find it problematic to do anything with? Also a security concern?

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  8. Hi i just came across your site from Google but encountered a wierd popup about dog hospitals which is obviously unrelated to your site. Is this your advertising or do i have a spyware issue? Thanks.

    1. There are no popup adds on my site – it must be your computer. Sorry!

  9. Chiropractor in Santa Monica

    Thanks! htis is exactly what I was looking for! I never wanted to spring for the.mac account.

  10. Maria

    Great work … The w2w stuff is just what I needed … our server is set up for Dreamweaver and PC users so uploading my page was a nightmare!
    Until I found this … :D

    thanks! xxx

  11. Mark

    Nice! I know Mac and their litany of products have gotten a ton easier to navigate, but there are still issues there that they don’t seem either willing or able to navigate. w2w looks pretty nice!

  12. I have an older version of Dreamweaver. Looks like I can upload using the info as shown in your post.


  13. Each time I upload the file in place of my old index.htm (uploaded from ms publisher) I can see text , but no graphics. Any ideas?

  14. Patrick, you need to upload all the files, not just the index.htm file.

  15. jason

    How long does it take for W2W to upload? My site is pretty small, and have tried several times… W2W doesn’t display a taskbar or show progression, or Stop Responding, it just seems to “go and go and go and go”.

  16. Angela

    Hello, this is really good, but my site is taking a really long time to get published?
    why is this so? my site is only 8 pages and it doesn’t have a lot of information on it either!
    I really need help
    Thanks so much

    1. Angela

      ^ ignore that comment please, it worked it just took an hour and half :D
      but im really happy, thank you sooo much! i have no words to describe how much you have helped me,
      tanx again

  17. Oscar

    May I know the program iWeb uses php5, mysql, or what?
    Because my provider and ask that I do not know to explain it.

    1. No it doesn’t need any of that it just uploads static webpages.

  18. Paul J D

    Hi Admin.

    Thanks for the info but…:

    I am trying to upload from Iweb via w2w but no Joy so far.

    Could you be more detailed about the ‘Remote Folder’ since I have no idea what has to be written there. When I tried through dream Weaver it was ‘/Htmml// ‘ and then I put in my domain address?

    Need some advice here.

    Thanks a lot.



  19. Aiamy

    Thank you for sharing the nice post,useful.

  20. hi, just got a mac. . . . not used to it yet still used to the P.C lol

    This might help tho a remote folders is normally your root folder thats where all the documents of a website is stored so in theory you should just have to upload your website file to there and hey pressto . . .
    just a thought Craig

  21. Joel

    it’s nice to know that there are workarounds to the iweb restriction. I have to be honest. Because of the publishing limitation imposed by iweb I resorted to using wordpress to do so. Even though I love iweb, and the awesome user interface. I needed a universal platform to blog from wherever so I had to leave iweb behind.

  22. Great weblog here! Also your site rather a lot up fast! What host are you the use of? Can I get your affiliate link on your host? I want my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    1. Check out the link at the bottom of the page ‘why I use bluehost’.

  23. Katie

    Thanks! Really helpful

  24. Alli

    I have forgotten my password in the ‘Ftp Server Settings’ on the Site Publishing Settings on iweb. Can u help? Please?

  25. Rebecca

    I don’t seem to have the option to ‘publish to folder’… Argh!! It’s version 3.0.4 (601) ….

  26. You are a life saver. For some reason iWeb will not FTP my site. It is hosted by Godaddy. I used w2w and it worked. Apple would not help me unless I paid more. This is the only call I have made to Apple for Ilife 09. I think they should give you like 10 tech calls that never expire. Anyhow thanks for your info. A huge help.

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