Changing from iWeb to Sandvox

6 08 2011

With Apple discontinuing their Apple iWeb software and hosting on I was looking for another replacement. There really isn’t much to choose from but there is one that I came across called Sandvox by Karelia, that allows posting without using an ftp client app like Fetch or FileZilla.

I still miss iWeb as Sandvox has less options included in the basic software (however you can buy plugins which would make it a little better), yet it is still far behind iWeb. However, it is by far the best app I could find. Adobe is probably better as it is the pro application, however I tried the trial and found the interface really clunky in design. So much so that I gave up after about 30 minutes.

I will definitely miss iWeb. I loved the ability to customize the site. Especially using a picture as a background for a page or set the color of the bachground. With Sandvox you cannot do either.

I also liked that fact that I could password protect my site when I have protected files that I only want to share with my students and not everyone on the internet.

Sandvox also links with A2Hosting for a quick and easy setup. When stumped filling in the necessary data in Sandvox’s setup window I just asked for online help and they came back within a few hours with the necessary fix. It is also offered at a competitive price.

I would also like to mention how helpful and timely A2Hosting was with their help information while I was getting set up. They always supplied me with solutions to my problems within hours of a request. Excellent service.

Check them out online and see what you think. Here is a Sandvox “Electronic Referral Kit” for your pleasure

VoiceThread – K-12 Solutions – great app for giving feedback on student projects

30 01 2010

VoiceThread is a powerful and useful web 2.0 software that is ideal for educators for feedback on finished work. Students can log on and watch or listen or view a project and give feedback in the form of video or voice recording. It works great and my students had no problem figuring things out. To get an idea of the scope of possible uses and if it is going to be useful for you check out a tutorial video on the VoiceThread homepage. Go here for an interesting and informative article about using the Educators membership for K-12 Solutions to sharing and yet keeping things private at the same time.

Update iWeb from more than one computer by using Dropbox

22 01 2010

Using Dropbox to host your iWeb site lets you update it from multiple computers. I just found this article online and am excited to give it a try as I could really make use of being able to update from more than the one computer.