Jan 02


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 ‘dubbo.org’ then it will be something like ftp.dubbo.org.

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: http://www.wallner.nu/fredrik/software/w2w/ 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”

  1. paul says:

    I notice that iWeb doesn’t let you include a counter etc if you don’t upload to .Mac. Is there any way around this?

  2. paul says:

    I’ve tried inserting html tags using the html snippet on iWeb but with no success. Anyone else found this?

  3. wayne says:

    A snippet would be the way to do it.

    I only have iweb version 1 which doesn’t have html snippets, so I can’t test it, but it should work.

    Before you try inserting a counter, what if you try a real simple bit of html, like just a word of text, does it appear on your page?

  4. LaTisha says:

    I tried to upload using iPublisher and w2w, and both seem to have succeeded, but there is no sign of my files on the server. Do you know where they are going? In iPublisher it says “upload succeeded” and in w2w it says nothing. I can’t figure out what’s happening to them.

  5. wayne says:

    How do you know there is no sign of the files on your server? How are you looking on your server?

  6. corey says:

    I seem to be a little confused on this. i understand most but i am really trying to do this without getting a .mac account. I am not understanding where i am suppose to get the remote server, remote username, and remote folder from. sorry i am new at this.

  7. wayne says:

    You get them from the provider who you are getting your website hosting from. Have you paid for web hosting? If you haven’t, it may be easier be easier for you to just buy a .mac account.

  8. Bryce says:

    corey, you can also get free hosting, just google it – but if ur having trouble and cant figure it out, .Mac isnt that hexi.

    thanks for the info re w2w wayne was trying to figure that one out manually lol. common sense got the better of me.

  9. Mike P says:

    A good free host is http://www.freehostia.com – the main limitation is they only allow max 500Kb file sizes to save on bandwidth. But if you need to host bigger files than that, wack them up on mediafire.com and use a link to the file on there. Mediafire is awesome for hosting files, and signing up for a free account allows you to manage the files you’ve uploaded.

  10. AFNYC says:

    hi, I am leaving .mac
    i am using go daddy free hosting at the moment and need to find another host. but, before i pay for a new host for my non-profit, I need a way for people to leave comments on our online mag pages. other than using iComments or going back to .mac, does anyone know of letting people leave comments pages made by iWeb?

  11. paul says:

    There’s no problem adding counters to your page if you aren’t using .mac.

    Just insert the html code using the snippet.


  12. Eric says:

    I am trying to upload the site file that iWeb created for me, but im getting a 404 error when I try to access the site. I just uploaded the folder called “site” through FileZilla. I tried uploading the files individually, but then the text is there but none of the pictures or formatting. I noticed that there are a number of files within the folder that iWeb made for me. Is it ok to just upload the whole folder, or do I need to only do certain files individually? Also I noticed that iWeb created an index.html file outside the folder it made for me. Any help would be appreciated!

  13. Jessica says:

    Hm i have the same question as Eric above me.
    I used filezilla
    I used classicFTP.
    Now i’m currently trying W2W and it’ still loading.

    Before when i used the other programs, they didn’t really appear on the website.
    The page said /Index.
    and below that had Sites.
    I click that and there are a bunch of folders and within them is more folders and when i click on the JPEG files, there are the pictures. And when I click on the other file types they come out as HTMLs or….weird codes I’m not sure.

  14. Wayne says:

    You need to upload all the files using whatever ftp program you have. Make sure it works by opening it from your computer first – in the ~sites folder. Then upload the entire contents of this folder to your webpage. Then you need to look at the index.html file with your web browser. If it’s not working then getting a .mac account is the simplest way to make it work. That’s what you pay for doing it the apple way – it simply works!

  15. Doug says:

    PAUL – or someone – HIT COUNTER – can you take me step by step to add an html snippet hit counter to my website. I am totally illiterate in this regard. THANKS :0)

  16. paul says:


    here goes:-

    1. create your page using iWeb.
    2. you’ll need to know the address of your page once you’ve published it.
    3. go to a web page that offers free counters… eg. http://www.e-zeeinternet.com/
    4. enter your details on this page including the final address of the published page
    5. this page will provide you with some html code. copy this code.
    6. return to your iweb page.
    7. click on Web Widgets & choose HTML Snippet
    8. Inside the text box created paste the HTML code from the free counter page. Click Apply
    9. You can drag the snippet anywhere on your page.
    10. Done.

  17. Ron says:

    I am interested in putting comments on my page but I am not using .mac or mobileme so I can’t do it on another server. I have figured out how to do the comments using a html snippet but the comments is another issue. Any one know if there is a place where you can do this?

  18. mimi says:

    Hi, ive built an i web page, have a host through godaddy, have a ftp page, a=have a name and password, have a ftp host, but everytime o try to upload new info, it stays the same…what am i missing???

  19. ross says:

    Try refreshing your browser, if you don’t do that your browser will not go to your updated page, it will look in its own memory and pull out your old page from there, which makes you think nothing has changed on your website.

  20. eliza says:

    i was trying to teach myself dreamweaver and someone told me about iweb! great. i’ve created my site, but am having problems with getting all the pages to work on my site. i use cyberduck and i know for my main site it has to be all out in my public html folder, but when i publish the site to my folder from iweb, some of the pages are in folders and i think they all have to be out to view, so i’ve taken them all out but i think it is hard for them to link to the right place… anyone know what i am talking about or can help? also was wondering anyone know how good this book is, taking control of iweb? i was thinking of getting for $10… supposed to tell you how to do more with iweb…

  21. Pat says:

    Hi, I downloaded W2W on my iMac and it won’t open?.
    Is it for Windows only?.

  22. Andrew says:


    No, it is a Mac programme. What’s not working?

  23. Pablo says:

    I’m new to website creating and am a little frustrated with my situation. Hope someone can help.

    I registered a domain through google which came with their “google apps” suite. Ultimately, from what I understand Google is not a hosting provider, godaddy.com is.
    I have created a site in iWeb and have saved it to a folder on my desktop. I know there must be a way to get my website on the domain I purchased from google. However, it feels like I’m being forced into using their google page creator.
    Your help would be much appreciated!

  24. Nell says:

    Hello, I posted my site on a host other than .mac and I seem to have an issue with my home page not linking to the other pages (About, Portfolio, etc). I first thought it was a problem with the host but after reading the comments, I tested the site on my computer as suggested and I have the same problem on my file. (2nd issue) I also noticed that my files stay the color red even after publishing. The tutorial suggests they turn blue after they are published. (3rd issue) My host suggests the “home” file be renamed “index.html”. I looked at the files I am uploading and there sits 2 files named “index.html” one in the Sites folder along with the “home” file and one above the Sites folder. Do all of these have to be present for the site to work and if not which ones can be trashed or renamed? Thanks in advance for your help.

  25. Karin says:

    Hi all
    I have been struggling for more than a week now to get my iWeb photo-album page to display after uploading it to my own domain. I have tried different ftps, then thought it might be Firefox – but the same error happens with Safari and IE. I saved various times while on the pic page while on the album page. With no change. I have been using iWeb with no problems for the past year or so, but now suddenly this has happened – and I cannot seem to resolve it. Please any advice? Thanks in advance!

  26. Barclay says:

    I’m having trouble uploading my iWeb 08 site to my local host. I have all the info correct, according to them, but the w2w just endlessly spins…it’s been going for about 1/2 an hour right now. The previous try I got a curl error 67. Any thoughts?

  27. John says:

    Yeah i got the error 67 on w2w previously as well, now it seems to upload but nothing happens, i rang the service provider and have all the right information but it still won’t work. Any help would be much appreciated.

  28. Tracy says:

    I’m trying to upload my website to a remote server. What is a remote folder? I have everything else.

  29. Chris says:

    I’m using iweb, and i have a domain registered through Go Daddy which is – http://www.freeandorganic.co.uk.
    Because in iweb you have to name your website (mine is named ecoflow) it means that when i upload my iweb created site via FTP to my domain, the home page is displayed as – http://www.freeandorganic.co.uk/ecoflow/Home.html.
    What i want to know is if it is possible to upload my site in a way that it does not show the site name (ecoflow), and instead just shows the top level domain ie http://www.freeandorganic.co.uk?
    I feel that by having the ‘/ecoflow’ added to the url of every page on my site may be a negative when doing my SEO?
    I’d appreciate any advice

  30. Jus says:

    I tried to upload a website using my .mac account – it tells me its been published but when I got to ‘view’ it tells me the site cannot be found and that it could be an incorrect user or user not known. Ive been messing about with this for so long now and thought it was meant to be simple!!!!
    Please help – any help or hints would be so apprecited!

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