How we tested

Weav­ing our web

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We ap­proached all of th­ese apps with the same sce­nario: we wanted to make our own web­site, we wanted it to look good even if we had no de­sign smarts of our own, and we wanted to get it done with the min­i­mum of fuss and with­out hav­ing to con­sult a ba­sic web de­sign man­ual. That meant us­ing the apps’ sup­plied tem­plates for our de­signs but bring­ing in our own images and text, edit­ing things to get them just-so and then pub­lish­ing them to our own web space.

The thing about web de­sign is that like many cre­ative en­deav­ours, the more you do the more you want to do. To re­flect that we looked at the pro­grams’ abil­i­ties to han­dle more am­bi­tious projects, and how much tin­ker­ing they were will­ing to let you do. Could you down­load ad­di­tional fea­tures or add your own code? How easy was it to add cru­cial el­e­ments such as search en­gine meta­data (data that de­scribes your pages for the likes of Google) or third party con­tent?

More than any­thing, we con­cen­trated on user friend­li­ness. iWeb was in­tended to take the pain out of pub­lish­ing on­line, and its true spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor(s) need to do that too.

The more you do, the more you’ll want to do. Make sure your cho­sen app can cope with your am­bi­tions.

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