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Apple failed to update iWeb in its latest iLife refresh, and at last week’s keynote at WWDC, there was no mention of hosting support in iCloud. Here are some alternative strategies for those who were using Apple as their web hosting solution.

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Sometimes, not saying anything at all is saying something. Apple failed to update iWeb in its latest iLife refresh, and at last week’s keynote at WWDC, there were plenty of details about iCloud, but no mention of what was to become of the web hosting side of MobileMe. Now it appears Steve Jobs has spoken via email, and those of using this part of MobileMe will be forced to look elsewhere.

The usual suspects. By simply searching for the term “Top 10 Web Hosting,” you will find several lists, all vying for the honor of the definitive top 10 list of web hosts. I’ll save you a lot of trouble, and point you to hostmonster.com, justhost.com, fatcow.com, bluehost.com and hostgator.com, all of which appear ranked highly in most of these lists. Be sure the package you select supports hosting domain names on the account, and be aware of page limits and bandwidth caps on entry-level accounts. You should be able to find decent virtual accommodations for personal use for less than $5/mo.

Domain registrar. Apple doesn’t provide a domain service of their own. You can point your registered domain to your MobileMe account, but Apple is not a registrar themselves. Many, if not all, domain registrars also offer web hosting solutions, too. I happen to use GoDaddy as my domain registrar, and have been looking at what they have to offer.  I was able to find a plan that suited my needs for less than $10/mo.

Squarespace. This is where things start to get interesting. Squarespace has lots of nice features to offer its customers. It is featured on many of the podcasts I listen to and watch. Squarespace’s strength lies in its easy-to-use, prefab template-based site development that is highly customizable supports multiple authors. But if you’re handling your web design and development elsewhere, this may be more than you need, and in order to avoid a ten page limit you have to start looking at plans that costs as much as $20/mo.

Apple may be getting out of the web game in favor of moving to the cloud, but it’s a feature that’s well-represented by many providers already, so it really isn’t a great loss. Nor is the demise of iWeb, which, truth be told, wasn’t a stellar web page creation tool to begin with. If anything, this may be the shot in the arm needed to get users to make some timely improvements to their personal websites.

  1. I still want an Apple, web-based email, calendar and contacts app.
    I need that to bridge the gap between my work PC, my personal Mac and iOS devices.
    MobileMe acts as a go between. I can log onto MobileMe from my work browser and copy and paste from Outlook to MobileMe, which then syncs to my iPhone.
    Without MobileMe the process described above wold be very tedious. I would need to retype everything.

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    1. You actually have several options. One of which is to sync your MobileMe with Google and keep bot sets of Contacts in sync with one another. You can even export and import your contacts from one service to another. You will definitely not have to key in all of your contacts again, unless you really want to.

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      1. You can’t sync Outlook contacts with GMail (unless you’re using an Exchange server, and then you need to get your IT people into the game).

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  2. Anyone have any news about alias’s? I use two and I need them.

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    1. The following Apple support article was recently updated on June 6th as follows: “Note: MobileMe members can no longer create new email aliases” http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3379

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      1. Looks like according to this doc – http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4632
        they will allow mobileme members to edit, add, delete alias’s if they move to iCloud. It is pretty vague though – I sure hope SJ and crew do not decide to just shut off Alias’s for us long time .mac/mobileme members. Hoping that they will allow me to keep using my .mac & .mac/.me addresses & alias’s I already have forever. They say they will keep them, but they could change their minds anytime unfortunately. We’ll see.

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  3. In fact I’ve pre-emptively moved my website from iweb to another service.
    It was easy as you said to move my domain name redirection to the new website.
    All in all a good one!

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    1. We should all have a solid year to make the transition.

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  4. What about @Mac.com eMail addresses? That’s another “unspoken” of area.

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    1. Yes, I agree, and I for one do not want to give up that address. For many, it will be a painful transition if you have to give up any established e-mail address. Even if they drop support of @me.com in favor of @icloud.com.

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  5. We’ve started working on an easy hosting site for iWeb users. It will support FTP upload and CNAME custom domain mapping so it’s just a simple switch at your domain registrar. You can get early invites at http://iwebhost.me.

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