- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
so, originally i had planned on just signing up for a free wedding website from one of the major bridal sites. in fact, i spent quite a bit of time researching a few, their ups and downs, and their limitations. but when it came down to it, after hours of skimming bridal sites and planning the intricate details of our big day, i couldn’t imagine using a fill-in-the-blank form for my website that would be one of my guests’ first impressions of our event.
as a less-than-technically-inclined individual, i found great comfort in using iWeb. while it is not entirely user friendly at first, by the end of the creation of our site, i felt pretty confident in my ability to navigate it, mobile me, and a little bit of html code.
step 1: purchase a domain name (if you choose).
yahoo has a pretty good deal for a year, and i figure that matt and i will probably continue to use the site post-wedding.
step 2: set up a mobile me account
this can be a little pricey, but there is a free 60 day trial, so if you don’t like it, no biggy! you’ll still have your site up and running.
step 3: connect mobile me to your domain
it sounds a little complicated, but it’s really not that bad. go to your domain admin page, and change the CNAME record to web.me.com. then add the domain to your mobile me settings. now you’re connected.
step 4: create your page in iWeb
it may take a few days of playing around with iWeb before you feel entirely comfortable with it. or at least, that’s how it was for me. but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to use.
the left panel holds all of the pages that you create for your site. as you add new ones, the menu on each page will update, connecting them all. the bottom panel has all of your basic inserts options. want to customize? use the inspector button. the right side panel has some media insert options. i ended up finding the html snippet the most helpful. do a search for google gadgets or widgets to make custom guestbook and rsvp pages. then paste to code in the html box once you’ve inserted it into your page.
step 5: publish the site
press the publish site button, let it process, and then visit your page! yea! you have a website:)
you can check mine out through the link on our blog: mattandkinsey.wordpress.com.
hope this helps!