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    Sep 15, 2011
    New Website
    I am trying to build a website for my wife to sell her toffee on. I have built one before with iWeb. I just bought a new iMac and I do not have the iLife suite. I have iPhoto, iDVD, and Garage Band. I would not mind building another one on iweb, it was very easy to do. However, I do not want to buy the iLife suite if I have most of the programs that come with it. How do I get around this? Are there other applications that are just as easy and not too expensive? Can I get iWeb without buying the iLife suite? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Telters's Avatar
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    Jun 01, 2008
    13" MacBook Pro, iPhone 5
    Price wise - iWeb ends up being the cheapest (probably not what you wanted to hear), if you are talking about WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website builders. Second to iWeb (but more expensive) is RapidWeaver. If you have any coding knowledge, you could try creating an online shop server side, and purchase a theme (which may be easier) by using PrestaShop (PrestaShop Free Open-Source e-Commerce Software for Web 2.0)

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    Aug 17, 2010
    2011 Mac mini and 2010 13" MacBook Pro, iPhone 4 and iPad
    I use Freeway, which is similar to RapidWeaver as a WYSIWYG editor, and I've liked it. I used iWeb at first and there is a reason it is easy. It's horrible at getting indexed by search engines and doesn't create any html code worth anything. If you're trying to create a real site that will be indexed properly, especially for e-commerce, you'll find many things better than iWeb.

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    dekan's Avatar
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    Mar 16, 2007
    Wordpress is a nice Content Management System (CMS) where you don't really need a program or editor at all. Everything can be done through your browser from anywhere. Also, like Lbatson21 said - iWeb is not great from a SEO point of view (Search Engine Optimization). Wordpress would be way better for that.

    All you need is a hosting company that supports/provides Wordpress and you can be up and running in minutes...

    Give it a shot: WordPress › Blog Tool, Publishing Platform, and CMS


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    Member Since
    Dec 08, 2011
    Ludlow Shropshire
    Cool Easy wordpress store
    Just following on from dekan, you can get some good themes from themeforest (Premium WordPress Themes, Web Templates, Mobile Themes | ThemeForest) at very good prices. There is also a free as in beer ecommerce plugin (WordPress › WP e-Commerce WordPress Plugins) that should easily cope with what your trying to do.

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    Groovetube's Avatar
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    Nov 15, 2011
    Retina MBP 2.7 768ssd/16gig ram /30" dell 3008. and bunch of other mac/apple stuff
    big thumbs up for the wordpress suggestions from someone who builds websites for a living.

    They're easy to install, configure, and lots of great themes that are easy to tweak.

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    Feb 21, 2005
    iBook G3 - You'll be missed.

    If you're planning on just selling items. you might try Etsy or big cartel. is a large community of creative people who can buy and sell goods made by others. Small businesses, mom and pop shops, people who create crafts, bake goods, and everything in between. It's primarily geared toward people who make things, not to sell personal everyday house hold items. (if that makes sense?)

    Big cartel is somewhat similar, they set you up with a shop and you can add your items. They are geared more toward artwork but I've seen people sell handcrafted soaps and edibles on there before.

    I'd say etsy would be the best choice because there's a huge community and the people that are on the site and people that buy from etsy can really see what you're selling. You can also point your domain to your store if you choose to do so.

    I think it's a great option because customers can rate your shop and the products you sell. It's much easier to maintain than an iWeb website.

    In my opinion, iWeb isn't really suitable, or at least, isn't a very viable solution for eCommerce.

    Hope that helps!

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    Aug 08, 2011
    Hello everybody I'm trying to make a website for my youtube channel i want it to have interactive games, my videos and be able to post pictures and videos and articles on it. what tool could i use to make this or preferably from scratch

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