iWeb FAQ - Transfer website to another computer



How do I transfer my website made with iWeb from one computer to another? Or from an older iWeb to a newer version?

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The only way to move iWeb pages from one computer to another is to move the Domain.sites2 file where iWeb stores its files. To find a Domain file it's best to use a freeware application called Find File since Spotlight doesn't search everywhere. Once you downloaded and installed the application type ".sites" (without quotes) into the search field of Find File and it will list all the Domain files of all iWeb versions on your computer. To see if a Domain file is iWeb ’06 or iWeb ’08/’09 select the file press Command(Apple)+i under "Name & Extension" you will find that it is .sites or .sites2.

To get the site showing up in iWeb once you’re on the other computer just open the Domain.sites file by dragging it into iWebDrop while iWeb application is closed and your sites and pages will show up on the left side in the iWeb page browser. Note that the location, where you put the file, doesn’t matter.

To transfer your domain.sites2 file from one mac to the other you can put it on a USB-Stick, on a CD/DVD or if you can do that by establishing a network and have the two computers communicating with each other.

Not a great idea if you have a large Domain.sites2 is to send it by e-mail.

You better make a backup of the file mentioned above from time to time, how do I make a backup?

NOTE 1: Note that you have to change permissions of the Domain file to be able to edit, save changes and publish a website from another user account and from another computer as well.

Select Domain file press Command(Apple)+i under Ownership & Permissions go to =>Details =>Everyone (or Others) and select Read & Write

You have to do that in the original user account and computer in which the Domain file was created.

If you don’t change permissions you will find an error while publishing and saving.

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