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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs Apps
Here's a simple workaround that will let you modify your own iWeb website from multiple locations and machines: Carry the original files on a USB stick, and trick the local machines into using the USB stick instead of the local file by using an alias. Important to make this workaround work is that the alias file is set with its 'Open With' set to 'iWeb.' Detailed steps are below.

This workaround assumes that the data for all websites created by your machine are on your USB stick. (For management of multiple websites, see this older hint).

First, generate your website with iWeb. iWeb stores all information in your user's Library » Application Support » iWeb folder, in a file named domain.sites2. Navigate to this file in the Finder, then:
  1. Copy the file domain.sites2 to a USB stick.
  2. Create an alias of domain.sites2 (will be called domain.sites2.alias) on the same USB stick.
Now, on each of the machines you want to work on:
  1. Do not open iWeb.
  2. Erase the file domain.sites2 in that Mac user's Library/Application Support/iWeb folder. Keep a backup of this file if you're going to want to replace it when you're done!
  3. Copy the file domain.sites2.alias from the USB stick to the local machine, into that same directory.
  4. Control-click on the copied alias, and select Open With » iWeb from the contextual menu.
When you now open iWeb, it will use the files on the USB stick -- you are done. (This should work just as well using iDisk or any other networked storage location instead of a USB stick, but I have not tested this.)
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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: jaguarcy on Mar 15, '10 08:21:14AM

Or, just use Dropbox. Same process, but instead of copying the project to a usb stick, you copy it to your dropbox folder. Any changes you make will automatically be synced accross all your computers, just don't open multiple versions of iweb to the same project at once!



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: alexclst on Mar 15, '10 09:13:11AM

I've gotten these same instructions to work with Dropbox instead of a flash drive. Just place the real .sites2 document somewhere in your dropbox and the alias in the iWeb folder of your user's Application Support folder. Once the alias has been copied you can feel free to remove it from wherever the real file is stored.



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Mar 15, '10 09:40:27AM

Why not just use dropbox and symlinks?



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: joshturse on Mar 15, '10 09:54:05AM

I've been using Dropbox to do this for a while - double-clicking the .sites file works just fine...



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: wallybear on Mar 15, '10 10:03:18AM

I don't see the need for all this pain.

Just copy the Domain.sites2 file wherever you prefer. You can also rename it (but leave the extension ".sites2" intact)

When you want to edit your site, just double-click the file. iWeb will open it instead of the Domain.sites2 living in the Application Support folder.

I use this method to keep different sites in different files.

@Andrew:

Beware of Dropbox. Current version does not keep resource forks; should be addressed in 0.8 release. I often use Dropbox, but you must be sure you are not sharing files with resources (aka metadata), or the file on the other side won't be the same (you can verify easily the problem sharing a text archive: on the other side it will be empty).
A temporary workaround can be placing the dropbox folder in a MSDOS drive (or disk image), so that the OS itself will manage to keep metadata splitting original files in two (the infamous "._" files that OS X creates on DOS drives).



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 15, '10 01:31:19PM

Dropbox might drop resource forks, but so do Web sites.

I'm not seeing the problem here.



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: wallybear on Mar 16, '10 02:48:53AM

The problem could arise if you keep other support files for your site creation in your dropbox (e.g.: snippets as text archives, source images with resource forks, other files made from applications that make use of metadata).
As we are talking of using the Domain file to keep editing when away from the main Mac, chances are you need also other files for working on it.



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Modify one iWeb project on multiple different Macs
Authored by: scotty321 on Mar 15, '10 04:10:18PM

True that Dropbox will drop resource forks, so be careful. For example, you can't use Quicken data files with Dropbox.



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Dropbox and iWeb
Authored by: sprale on Mar 16, '10 07:11:42AM

I have a few iWeb sites that a couple people modify from different Macs. I set up a shared folder in Dropbox between the users to store them in. When one person updates the iWeb file, other users get the new file when they are online automatically.



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