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Home Page is an index, not "Home Page" (7 posts)

  • Started 14 years ago by seakayak
  • Latest reply 13 years ago from monaraehill
  • seakayak Member

    I have been frustrated by trying to publish my website created in iWeb to my site "" Everything is fine, except the location of the home page, which ends up on "

    My server support thought it might be that fetch or the server did not like "Welcome" as the home page name, so I changed it to home & only published some of the website pages to see if it would work - it did not. Can anyone help or have ideas on what to try next? Thank you.

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    iWeb uses a somewhat unusual set of folders for each website, but it should not affect the website's function.

    When you use iWeb's "Publish to a Folder" feature, it's best to create a new folder to hold the files iWeb is going to create. In that new folder, iWeb will put an index.html file and a folder that contains your entire website.

    For instance, let's assume your website is called "SeaKayak", and when you use "Publish to a Folder," you tell iWeb to put its files in a folder called "My New Website."

    Once iWeb is done, you will see:

    My New Website (folder)
    SeaKayak (folder)

    Inside the SeaKayak folder will be folders and files corresponding to each home page.

    For your website to work correctly, you must be sure to upload both that index file, and the website folder - that is, upload the entire contents of the "My New Website" folder, but don't upload the "My New Website" folder itself. (Uploading just some of the website pages doesn't work, as you discovered.)

    Then you (and visitors to your website) should be able to type "" and they will see your homepage.

    Now, after you type in, you'll notice that the address that is displayed in the website's address bar will change. That's because of the way iWeb creates webpages; the index.html file really just points to a different file, buried in the folders. That can be disconcerting, but it doesn't stop the simple address from working.

    So while you may end up with something like "" displayed in the address bar, really all you need to do is type "" to get to it.

    I hope this clarifies how iWeb works and answers your question. If not, please let us know, and I'll try again.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • seakayak Member

    Scott, Thank you so much for explaining this all so well to me. This is all new to me & is confusing, but your reply was not. I have been trying to follow these instructions, but my server has kicked me off several times. I cannot get DSL, so am stuck trying to do this very slowly with dial up.

    I have another question. Before trying to publish the website again do I have to delete everything that is now out there, or will the new upload take care of that? Even the deletion of the site takes forever, so if I can skip this step all the better. Thanks so much again, Seakayak

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi SeaKayak,

    I'm glad you found what I wrote helpful.

    Unfortunately, given that you have only some of the files from your website on the server now, the new upload will probably not replace them properly. So I think it would be best to delete what's there and start fresh this time. However, you shouldn't have to do that once you've got things up and working properly, then you can just upload without deleting.

    However, while I don't want to discourage you, you should be aware that due to the way iWeb works, if you make any changes to your website - even very small changes - you'll have to upload the entire website again. This is because iWeb re-creates the entire website every time you export it, so all the files are "new."

    Please let us know if you have more questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • seakayak Member

    Hi Scott, the site is actually up & running. I haven't checked it out completely yet, but looks like it is working. I should have asked you a week ago rather than beat my head up against a wall for so long.

    There is an index.html file on (as in your example) "My New Website" & also in "SeaKayak". Is this how it should be? Thanks so much for all your wonderful help, Seakayak

    PS: looks like I messed up when I 1st tried to reply & repeated your message.

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator



    Yes, there will be index.html files in both "My New Website" and "SeaKayak", that is correct and how it should be.

    I poked around your site a bit and it all looks good to me. I'm glad it's all working now, and you're welcome for the help.

    I'll clean up the extra messages. That happens pretty frequently.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • monaraehill Member


    Thanks so much seakayak, for asking these questions.

    I just went through something very similar (and similarly frustrating), with IMAC and FETCH. I ended up deleting my web page at the host no less then three seperate times.

    The first time, it all went fine, but I had editing errors which needed correcting, so I tried to just fix them by rewriting them. NOT.

    Then, when I tried to upload my new (and improved stuff), the computer seemed to have a mind of its own. Turns out that on the new intel macs, theres' a default SITES folder on the hard drive that tries to establish domain at the domain. (Aargh!) The things they don't tell ya.

    Well, I finally went in and got rid of everything and started over from scratch, doing just what you suggest, Scott.

    I erased everything from the host, deleted the contents of my hard drives SITES folder, and created a new folder for my web page.

    I uploaded that today, (with Fetch 5.2), and according to webview, all is well.

    Unfortunately, when windows users try to view it, the formatting is tweaked (most of the special characters, i.e., arrows, diamonds, crosses, etc.) beneath my pictures, are gone, the font is much more miniscule, and one of the pages is cut off at the bottom.

    I'm not sure, but I am guessing that there is a fix to this.........although perhaps not a FETCH fix? If not you, though, Scott, can you tell me who I should ask?

    Thanks for any/all info. Cheers. M. Richardson.

    Posted 13 years ago #


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