iWeb is dead - the best alternatives for Apple's website kit

iWeb alternatives under macOS Catalina

I think I used iWeb and MobileMe before ... very briefly. But it didn't really convince me and at some point I ended up with Dreamweaver, which by the way, I've now turned my back on.

But there are still some people among my readers who have worked with iWeb and maintained their website with it. Until Apple released macOS Catalina, which gave Apple's website builder its own fatal blow.

iWeb was part of the iLife '09 Suite and made creating websites with templates very easy at the time (screenshot: Wikimedia).

iWeb was part of the iLife '09 Suite and made creating websites with templates very easy at the time (screenshot: Wikimedia).

If you want to call up iWeb under Catalina, this is acknowledged with an error message, because the iWeb app was last revised sometime in 2011 and, of course, does not meet the requirements that Apple now sets for apps (32-bit greetings). As far as I know, MobileMe was discontinued sometime in 2012 and the iWeb user community has certainly also been severely restricted.

Alternatives to iWeb

For people who would like to continue to maintain their website, the question naturally arises as to how one can get by now. Apple itself has withdrawn from the web design app market and is not giving iWeb users their own alternative. So it means to look for a suitable alternative yourself - which of course also runs under macOS Catalina.

With the help of my readers Ricci and Adrian, I have identified two interesting candidates that I would like to introduce to you briefly. Both apps run natively on the Mac, look chic and are very good in terms of the user interface - real recommendations for Mac users who like chic Klicki-Bunti programs.

The makers of the Sparkle App leave no doubt that they consider their app to be the right successor to iWeb.

The makers of the Sparkle App leave no doubt that they consider their app to be the right successor to iWeb.

Sparkle - with website import function

The App Sparkle stands out due to two features: On the one hand, you can import an existing website into Sparkle and then process it there. I can't say how well this works in practice with iWeb pages, but at least the developers know the iWeb clientele and they respond specifically to peoplewho previously used the Apple program.

On the other hand, an FTP client is integrated in Sparkle so that the finished website can be published directly from Sparkle at the push of a button. This makes the work manageable with frequent changes.

There are currently 29 free designs built into the Sparkle app that can be used for your own homepage.

Under the menu item "designs"You can look at almost 30 templates that you can use in Sparkle. Some of them are too playful for me, but there are also a number of pretty and elegant templates among them. You can use them all for free in Sparkle, by the way.

I have not yet worked with Sparkle myself and can say little about its practical use. If anyone of you uses the program, I would be very happy to receive a comment with an assessment.

Blocs - visual website builder

At Blocks has brought me my reader Ricci after we both talked about longer my article on WYSIWYG HTML editors had emailed. Once again I was frustrated with Dreamweaver and he was also looking for a simple tool for creating websites.

Blocs is the right choice for me: simple operation, lots of freedom and, in the end, fast and responsive websites fall out of the app.

Blocs is the right choice for me: simple operation, lots of freedom and, in the end, fast and responsive websites fall out of the app.

In between we were briefly at Pinegrow landed, which doesn't make a bad impression, but Blocs did it to both of us. You can't import websites and you don't have an integrated FTP client, but the program is easy to understand on the one hand and very powerful on the other. If you like, you can even integrate PHP programming into the pages.

The nice thing about Blocs is that you have a very helpful and dedicated community. In the forum you get quick help with questions and the tutorials are also very easy to understand. Blocs even offers the possibility for other people to contribute plugins, extensions and templates that can then be used in the software.

Developers can use the Blocs store to offer their templates, brics, blocs, tools and tutorials for free or for a fee. This ensures a wide range of expansion options.

Developers can use the Blocs store to offer their templates, brics, blocs, tools and tutorials for free or for a fee. This ensures a wide range of expansion options.

With Blocs, I have found my new favorite tool for websites and I can only recommend the editor to others.

What are your recommendations as an iWeb alternative?

Have you used iWeb before? Do you now use a visual homepage tool to edit your website? I would be happy if you leave me your recommendation as a comment here.

Update 13.07.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX: Adrian's experiences

My regular reader Adrian briefly described his experiences with Sparkle, which were all positive:

  • Very pleasant, intuitive program
  • Very quick to use for Apple users (see Pages and Keynote), good feeling :-)
  • Good help with inserting pictures (feedback including bar chart about the quality)
  • Publication well prepared and updates possible very quickly
  • Good documentation (preferably Sparkleapp.de start and look online)
  • The authors are very interested in reports from the users (they obviously have motivation)
  • Update to version 3.0 soon (as mentioned: free of charge for recently acquired licenses)
  • Upgrades are possible at any time, only the difference has to be paid.
  • Functions etc. are clearly limited, but consistent: for modest demands, but very attractive and recommendable.
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8 comments

  1. Hi Jens,
    My favorite for creating web sites is Jimdo. I have been working with it for 3 years and am responsible for the HP of our sports club.
    Advantages at Jimdo are:
    The modular principle is very simple, but still very versatile.
    There are many templates with different structures, once you have created the web pages with a template, you can switch to another template or back again in one step.
    The support is excellent and helpful, but above all quick when answering questions. There is also a free version.
    There is also help with the data protection guidelines.
    The HP is with Jimdo and will be made available to you immediately for changes and extensions. Setting photos is also very easy.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Alfred! Thanks for the hint. I know Jimdo too, but the price is a bit high for me if someone only has 5 subpages and hardly does anything on the side. But Jimdo definitely has the advantage that you don't have to worry about updates like with WordPress.

  2. Thomas says:

    I've been using Rapidweaver since 2012. But that costs a lot of money and you can still spend a lot of money on stacks, themes and the like. You should also be careful when you bring out a new software release. The software usually has to mature first.

    Regards

  3. The Waldi says:

    Trying me out on RapidWeaver right now. The first attempts show that it is quite easy to understand the operating logic.

  4. Adrian says:

    Personally, I have now definitely and enthusiastically landed at Sparkle. FTP is included and the whole thing is TOP for my rather simple requirements. I also think the documentation is great and it's best to always look it up online. My version is 2.8, but a great upgrade has been announced (version 3.0) that will be delivered free of charge if you have recently purchased it. I have already recreated my previous iWeb homepage. Importing websites sounds good, but there are just individual pages that you have to take over piece by piece and then properly reformatted (text fields with lists are taken over as single lines, for example). Otherwise a great thing, yes Kicki-Bunti but I like it. It's just strange that Apple doesn't offer anything itself. Conversely, they have taken FileMaker under the nail. With these conditions I prefer to cheat and help out with Base from the Libre Office.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Adrian! It's nice when you've landed well with Sparkle. The homepages with iWeb were also kept rather "simple" and that was the aim of the thing. Provide a way that really anyone can create a website that looks reasonably good. I just have to build a website for customers here and there and Blocs is more likely to meet my wishes. But luckily there is something for everyone. : D

  5. Hi Sir Apfelot 🤟 see you as a last resort. I bought a company including domain and webpage and wanted to change the page now ... ups is very old and created with iWeb. I'm not a web designer either 🥶🥶🥶 Question: Is there a program into which I can convert and edit the existing website (iWeb). Or do I have to do everything again now 🤮 help! Thanks in advance!

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