4 Reasons I Hate iWeb

Since 2008, we’ve been managing the Diabetes Hands Foundation web site and my wife’s Evolve Art Studio web site using iWeb. Today, after the second overhaul we’ve made to the site is done I find it to be a web creation platform that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Here’s why:

  1. It’s NOT web-based. So ironic that a product called iWeb doesn’t offer a way to manage your web site on the web. ALL you can do with it is dependent on the client that is installed in the Me.com account associated with your web site. This means if you happen to have two accounts set up on the computer where you run iWeb from (the case of my wife, who is in charge of our web site changes), better get ready for a lot of closing applications, logging out and logging back in just to make a simple change… PLUS, who’d imagine they wouldn’t make it available via a web interface!
  2. It doesn’t separate content from presentation. This is another way of saying, if you want to change the way your links appear on all pages, from blue to orange, you have to do it on EVERY page. There’s no central place where this change can be made (it’s called CSS!) so this makes for a very painful process redesigning sites build on iWeb.
  3. It doesn’t like Google Analytics too much. First, because there’s no single place where you can paste the Analytics Tracking Code, so you LITERALLY have to paste it on EVERY single page you want to track. Second, if you take a look at your Google Analytics traffic data, because of the way the pages are served, you have to really make an exercise in URL analysis to figure out what page’s data you’re looking at.
  4. Horrible URLs. I can’t say the pages built with iWeb are not Search Engine Friendly. They do OK, but the URLs rendered by iWeb could use some love. Example: when you type www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org and get to our home page, the URL becomes… ta-ta!!

http://diabeteshandsfoundation.org/Diabetes_Hands_Foundation/Diabetes_Hands_Foundation.html

So next time you are tempted to get iWeb, avoid the temptation and look for another option. As for us, by mid-year we plan on migrating our site to WordPress, which reminds me:

Can anyone recommend a good WordPress developer that is willing to give a small nonprofit a good price for a migration project like this one? If so, please drop me a line at manny AT diabeteshf DOT org.

How to add a Facebook "Like" button to your WordPress blog?

A couple of months ago, my friend Danilo helped me migrate my blog to its new WordPress home. Besides posting, I’ve spent the past few weeks learning the ropes of the WP backend.

WordPress lets you choose themes for your blog and the theme Danilo picked (for which I thank him!) is called Thesis. If you are using Thesis like me, I recommend you follow these steps to add a Facebook “Like” button at the bottom of all your posts.

One small thing, though:

I HIGHLY recommend you install the Thesis OpenHook PlugIn recommended by the author. It will save you a lot of time and protect you from making dangerous mistakes mis-handling PHP files via FTP.

A small correction to the WordPress listing for the Thesis OpenHook plugin: it reads “Visit Design -> Thesis OpenHook and customize to your heart’s content!”

Actually, to customize things to your heart’s content, you’re supposed to click on the Appearance tab on the left of your WordPress backend and click on the Thesis OpenHook link.

Ah! If you find this post useful, please click to Like below! šŸ˜‰

Update on 4/23/2010 (from Jim F. Munro’s blog post about this):

Jim posted a workaround on his blog showing how to display the “Like” buttons on all posts appearing on the home page of Thesis-themed WP blogs. As you can see, it works like a charm!