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importing sites back into IWeb Apple

Posted on 2007-07-22
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
HI all, trust you are well.

I broke my wife's mac mini. So, I put in a new hard drive. Now, problem is this:

How do i get her websites she designed on iweb back into her iweb. I have the "old" hard drive as a external unit now. Anyone know if this possible? I cant find an "import" or such?

Question by:SeanNij
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Expert Comment

ID: 19543740
You might be best using the old HD as a bootable drive, if it won't boot, try getting it to run in 'target disk  mode', then you have firewire access to all the files.
You should be then able to copy the iweb preferences file across, this should give the old preferences and sites that she had made on the new computer, assuming you keep the same folder structure on the new machine.

Expert Comment

ID: 19543755
The preferences file should be called something like com.apple.iWeb.plist and will be in the system>library>preferences or the user>library>preferences folder.

Expert Comment

ID: 19543769
Look at http://homepage.mac.com/varkgirl/iwebfaq.html

it might throw some light on restoring things for you.

Accepted Solution

alexgreen earned 2000 total points
ID: 19543778
Basically, it says you can't do what you want it to do, but if you have the old HD and can get to the data then you can probably copy the important file.
Ignore what I said before, this is what matters:

The Domain file
Because iWeb generates the code itself, it has to have to hand all the resources required in generating this code. These resources include graphics you've used in your pages, movies you've dropped into pages and other files and documents. iWeb also keeps data about how it fits all these items together to make up your web pages.

It keeps all this information in a file called the Domain file. This is located on your computer. Whenever you use the save command with iWeb, you update this Domain file. You will have noticed that there is no need to enter any filename when you save with iWeb, as everything is always stored in the Domain file.

The Domain file is located at username/Library/Application Support/iWeb.

Because of the location of the Domain file, an ordinary backup of your documents (username/Documents) will NOT backup your Domain file. You need to specifically backup username/Library/Application Support/iWeb as well.

If you lose or delete this Domain file, or your hard drive crashes, or it becomes corrupted or unusable or you didn't copy it over when you changed your computer, you will lose all the sites and pages that you have created within iWeb.

You cannot import previously created iWeb pages (see FAQ1). You cannot restore an iWeb site from the published html pages in your iDisk or a published folder. Publishing is NOT a backup.

Backup your Domain file regularly to an external drive, USB stick, CD, or DVD or your iDisk. We will not detail all the different methods and/or programs you could use to backup your Domain file, suffice to say that you must do this regularly!

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