Mac Format - - APPLE NOSTALGIA -

For a whole host of Mac users, the iWeb app was their first in­tro­duc­tion to web de­sign.

In typ­i­cal Ap­ple fash­ion, it made easy some­thing that peo­ple saw as alien and con­fus­ing. It let you set up a ready-made tem­plate and sim­ply re­place the place­holder text with your own. Adding im­ages and videos was as straight­for­ward as drag­ging and drop­ping them into place, and when you were ready for the world to see your de­sign, all you had to do was hit ‘Pub­lish’ and your web­site would go live on Ap­ple’s Mo­bileMe plat­form.

It wasn’t all smooth sail­ing for Ap­ple, though. Mak­ing iWeb web­sites com­pat­i­ble across a num­ber of web browsers proved to be a headache. Mean­while, Ap­ple be­gan fo­cus­ing on unit­ing many of its soft­ware of­fer­ings into iCloud, and its ri­vals over­took iWeb. The app died when Ap­ple closed Mo­bileMe in 2012, but it lives on in the hearts of the many web de­sign­ers who got their first taste with iWeb.

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