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Do I need Fetch? (4 posts)
- Started 4 years ago by Peggy
- Latest reply 4 years ago from Scott McGuire
Help. I am a complete website novice w/no coding knowledge. I just want to put a simple website up that I created using iWeb. I will prob go w/InMotion, GatorHost or ? for the web-hosting. Do I need Fetch to do this? My site has 5 pages with some photos, a blog, and I'd like to have one link to my resume for people to download if they wish. Does adding a blog make things more complicated?
Scott McGuire Administrator
The answer depends on which version of iWeb you have. If you have iWeb 3.0 or later (iLife '09 or later), you may not need Fetch, because iWeb 3 has built-in FTP tools for uploading websites to hosts other than MobileMe. Earlier versions of iWeb, iWeb 2 and earlier, can only upload to Apple's MobileMe, so you need another FTP program such as Fetch to upload your website to other hosts.
The FTP tools in iWeb 3 are somewhat limited, so some people prefer to use another tool such as Fetch anyway (it can do things that iWeb 3's built-in tools cannot, although for simple websites created in iWeb, you may not need those additional features). Sometimes Fetch also works better with some hosts than the tools in iWeb 3.
So I'd say if you have iWeb 3, you should try the built-in tools first and see if they work for you. If they do not, then you should give Fetch a try (we offer a 15-day free trial). But If you have an earlier version of iWeb, you'll probably want to give Fetch a try.
Having a blog means you'll have to upload your website every time you add to the blog, but other than that, it doesn't really make things more complicated.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Scott, many thanks.
I have iWeb 3 so I may try w/o Fetch first. Can you give me a couple examples of the "extra tools" Fetch has that iWeb 3 does not so I know if Fetch has tools I might want?
Is there an easier way to have a blog that wouldn't require uploading it all each time? Could I add a link in my iWeb site to a blog instead that would make this process easier?
Scott McGuire Administrator
One of the major differences between Fetch and iWeb's FTP support is that Fetch lets you work with the files on the server after they've been uploaded. So you can connect to the server with Fetch and delete, view, edit, rename, and move files and folders that make up your website around on the server. Fetch can also download the files you've uploaded. iWeb, by contrast, only uploads your files - you cannot use it to delete, rename, or download your files. That said, you usually don't need do those sort of things with iWeb-created websites - those features are typically used by people who are hand-creating some of their website, or are maintaining multiple websites.
Fetch is also compatible with more kinds of servers (although if you go with a well-known host, that shouldn't be a problem) and automatically resumes interrupted uploads and downloads when there are network or server problems (not a problem experienced by everyone, but handy for those who do run into those problems).
We also have direct email and web support (as you are experiencing), and a cute running dog cursor!
I believe you could start a blog on a blogging service and link to it from your iWeb created website, but there's something to be said for having your blog be part of your website - it will have the same "look" as the rest of the website and the same address, instead of a different look and address. So I'd say don't worry about the extra uploading a blog might entail for now, and just use iWeb's blogging feature to begin with, and consider switching to something else if you aren't happy with what iWeb provides.
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