A raise of hands please: Blogger? Joomla? Moveable Type? WordPress?
In the world of blogging, these are more than likely the top platforms you’ll recommend to friends if they’re out to set up a new blog. But how many out there will actually recommend using iWeb? Wait, let me rephrase that question. How many Mac users will actually recommend using iWeb for publishing your blog?
How many of you are running blogs built on iWeb?
I’ve found iWeb to be useful in certain cases, and this sets aside the demographic of people who just want to build a site in minutes (wait, isn’t that what Blogger.com does as well?). Now I found iWeb to be extremely proficient for setting up a typical “welcome” or “about me” page that isn’t your blog. And I do know people who do this — with their
blog.domainname.com running on self hosted WordPress and their main
domainname.com running a splash page easily built using iWeb.
Look, I’m not trying to dis an easy to use WYSIWYG editor. I just find it silly how iWeb seems to be the weakest link among all the other iLife apps (take a look at iPhoto ’09 with its Photo and Location tagging) and in terms of easy customization, one of the hardest to customize compared to let’s say Blogger.com. Take a look at the limited number of widgets available on the screen shot above. Is Apple in some sort of stasis field, or are they really pushing for people to stick to their proprietary tech? Case in point: it’s easier to upload a Mobile.Me widget for photos than it is to find a widget that does a Flickr photo stream on iWeb. What gives?
Let’s just say that I was hoping for so much more for this release of iWeb. It’s either Apple is running out of ideas or they’re being mandated to not give too much. For me, it’s the latter, as there really seems to be a disconnect when it comes to the innovation level of iWeb compared to the other ’09 app releases.
Jayvee Fernandez has done his rounds in blog postings. He served as Technology Channel Editor for b5Media Inc and has founded the leading blog advertising and word of mouth network called BlogBank in the Philippines. And now, he's gone full circle, landing back with The Blog Herald, the resource that gave him his first blogging job in 2005.