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I recently used iWeb to make my site, and it looks great, but it has two problems:

  1. Horrible for business; apparently it's not friendly with web spiders

  2. Won't allow me to publish easily via FTP because it insists on storing everything in a folder named the same as my site, so I end up having http://www.mysite.com/www.mysite.com/Blog/...

So I'm on the hunt for an alternative. My specific needs are:

Mac compatible, ease of use, business (search engine-friendly), blog integration, did I mention ease of use?

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By "ease of use" you mean "not diving into HTML/CSS etc."? –  Daniel Beck Jan 25 '11 at 8:59
    
Yuppers........ –  Javy Jan 25 '11 at 13:33

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Sandvox from Karelia software and RapidWeaver are other popular, commercial website creation tools for Mac OS X.

Nvu is free, cross-platform and based on Mozilla.

Of course Adobe has some offerings (DreamWeaver, Contribute) but they might be too complicated.

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Nvu hasn't been updated in forever, but it was good for creating simple HTML pages. I used it long ago for some eBay stuff. RapidWeaver lacks any detail at all on the included features. I'm trying Sandvox now...it looks good. –  Javy Jan 25 '11 at 10:53
    
@Javoid There aren't that many alternatives, just like there aren't for iTunes, unfortunately. How's the evaluation going? –  Daniel Beck Jan 25 '11 at 14:00
    
So far so good. It appears my DNS change has propagated yet, so I can't upload the site. However, the page creation is easy - nut more limited than iWeb. I'm stuck with themes, and haven't figured out how to add extra images and text to pages yet. I may need to try RapidWeaver after all. –  Javy Jan 25 '11 at 14:25
    
Went back to iWeb. :( Sandvox isn't customizable enough, and I found out how to fix the domain name problem. –  Javy Jan 25 '11 at 19:03
    
Too bad. Good luck anyway, maybe someone else has another idea. –  Daniel Beck Jan 25 '11 at 19:10

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