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iweb etch log = trouble uploading (8 posts)

  • Started 10 years ago by scurryworld
  • Latest reply 10 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • scurryworld Member

    Hello,
    I built my site on iWeb, & uploaded it through Fetch to GoDaddy.com. Everything went fine except for the Blog section--individual entries were either not found or the file name was invalid.

    I think this has something to do with how blog entries are automatically saved and titled, perhaps b/c of the automatic dating? Any troubleshooting suggestions? Is this an iWeb problem that I can solve through Fetch? It shouldn't be a GoDaddy problem, I already called them about it.

    Thanks!

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    People do use Fetch to upload their iWeb websites with blogs, so it is possible to do; I do not know if those other people use GoDaddy.

    If you could tell us the address (URL) of your website with the problem blog, we'll take a look and see if we can give you some advice on fixing the problem.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • scurryworld Member

    Thanks for taking a look. It's:
    http://www.thehealthierhomesproject.org/Blog/Blog.html

    None of the blog entries can be opened. If you scroll down to the bottom, I retitled the first entry to avoid using : or -- but that didn't make a difference.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    Originally posted by ScottMcGuire:

    Hi,

    People do use Fetch to upload their iWeb websites with blogs, so it is possible to do; I do not know if those other people use GoDaddy.

    If you could tell us the address (URL) of your website with the problem blog, we'll take a look and see if we can give you some advice on fixing the problem.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    Thanks for the additional information. Which version of Fetch and iWeb are you using?

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • scurryworld Member

    iWeb 2.0.2 and Fetch 5.3

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    I believe the problem is that you have (or had) colons in the titles of your blog entries.

    They cause a problem because:

    (1) iWeb uses the title of your blog entry for the name of the file that holds that entry.
    (2) Files on the Macintosh cannot have colons in their names.
    (3) So you publish your website to files on your Macintosh, iWeb changes the colon to a slash in the names of the files that make up your blog entries
    (4) When you test your page on the Macintosh, it knows to translate the colon to a slash when you ask to open the blog entry. But when you upload the page to your website, the web server doesn't know to do that translation, so the code in your webpages tells the web server to look for filenames with colons in them, but in actuality, the names don't have colons.
    (6) And worse, they don't have slashes in them anymore either, because FTP servers don't allow files to have slashes in their names! So when you uploaded them, GoDaddy's server (not Fetch) silently removed the slashes.

    So, in summary - you need to redo all your blog entry titles to not include colons. You should also avoid slashes and quotes in the titles. Spaces, hyphens, underscores, ampersands, and commas seem to be okay, though. (And colons, slashes, and quotes should be fine in the actual body of the entries.)

    I realize you said that you redid the last blog entry to remove the colon, but the version of the blog on your web server seems to still be looking for one.

    So here's what you should try:

    (1) In iWeb, rename your blog entries to remove colons or slashes from the title.
    (2) Use the "Publish to Folder" command in iWeb to publish the website to a folder on your Macintosh. But before you do that, either delete the previous version of the website from the folder you are going to publish to, or publish to a new folder. That way old bits of the previous version of the website won't accidentally get involved.
    (3) Delete your website files from the server.
    (4) Upload your website again.

    Unfortunately, due to the way iWeb creates webpages and websites, it's often a bad idea to upload just part of the website again, because changes on one page may affect other pages in ways that aren't obvious. For instance, in my testing, I found that iWeb blog pages depend on websites files that aren't in the Blog folder, despite what you might think.

    And I think that should fix the problem.

    Please let us know if you have any questions about the above, and if this helps.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • scurryworld Member

    Thank you, Scott!

    I followed your instructions and was able to fix the problem. It turns out that iWeb permanently saves the file according to the original title, so I rebuilt the blog section from scratch. Now it's great!

    Thanks again!

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    You're welcome - glad to hear it's all fixed!

    Best,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

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