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Jobs reportedly gives iWeb hosting the axe post-iCloud

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Sun June 12, 2011

Jobs says iWeb going away after iCloud shift

Apple chief Steve Jobs in a e-mail response to a fan reportedly confirmed that iWeb hosting was going away with the shift to iCloud. When asked if he'd need an alternative web builder and a hosting service, the CEO supposedly gave a simple "yep" response from his iPhone. The MacRumors reader was worried at having to start fresh and made it clear in the feedback.

"I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than [MobileMe] ever did," he said.

The e-mail headers appeared to be legitimate.

iWeb wasn't significantly updated in the iLife '11 release and wasn't given any mention as part of the iCloud services, which focus on transparently spreading media between computers and devices. As such, the app is likely to be phased out without a direct host. Apple's move doesn't prevent users creating websites with iWeb since users can still publish to a folder, but it does prevent the streamlined uploading for officially hosted MobileMe sites.

The need for dedicated personal site hosting has declined in recent years with the advent of Facebook and, to a lesser extent, services like Flickr, Twitter, and others that streamline social updates and media sharing.

By Electronista Staff


  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002


    iweb ftp server settings seem to allow...

    ...relatively easy publication to basic webspace - interfacing with blogger, wordpress, etc. might be desirable if feasible...?

    iWeb is the first app since PageMill that made web publishing seem simple & content focussed for me...

  1. dpicardi

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Sep 2006


    that bites

    i liked .mac and iweb.

  1. ebeyer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2004



    Assuming this is true, I hope I'll be able to migrate my web content without too much trouble. I have a c*** ton of videos and content I've been hosting for months now, and the thought of having to rebuild all of that is frankly a bit overwhelming.

  1. Salty

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jul 2005


    Seems crazy

    This seems crazy. The ability to host your own website costs Apple barely anything, they're already offering users 5 gigs of storage period, what's so hard about making some of that storage for a website? This just seems bloody stupid to me.

    Granted it's not hard to set up an FTP server and what not, it is hard for iWeb's customer base to do that.

  1. dronkert

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007


    Personal Domain

    is the feature I will miss most.

  1. chas_m




    Not a world-ending big deal, but a pity. I used iWeb and MobileMe to host my podcast because originally I was just being lazy, and iWeb was a wonderfully easy way to throw up a website that didn't totally suck.

    To be fair, though, other easy-to-use tools came along later, inspired in part by iWeb -- Rapidweaver, Sandvox, Freeway and dedicated blogging tools like Blogger and Wordpress. They are slightly (in the case of Rapidweaver, VERY slightly) less drop-dead easy, but OTOH they do a lot more.

    But yeah, when iWeb wasn't updated in the last iLife update I kinda saw the writing on the wall. Take note, iDVD users ...

  1. MachineMan

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2011


    Apple iWeb & Adobe GoLive

    If Adobe hadn't of discontinued GoLive that would've been a good alternative to iWeb, as Dreamweaver is probably too much for what some users need; basic site building and FTP transfers.

    Well, at least it's fortunate that iWeb users haven't invested a lot of money into the app.

  1. facebook_Charlie

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Just Silly

    Cannot be true.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    The Big Advantage of Things Like iWeb For Me ...

    ... was having that easy personal homepage and NOT having to use (and share information with) sites like Farcebook and so forth. Especially Farcebook.

  1. hayesk

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Sep 1999


    Galleries more important

    I don't care about iWeb, as I can export the sites to somewhere else easily. It's the MobileMe Galleries that I'm going to miss. The format that Apple presented the galleries is much nicer to browse than other sites like flickr.

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