Sync iWeb with a Third Party HostShare
.Mac makes a lot of things really easy. Like Photocasting and publishing iWeb sites. You get a backup tool and other stuff that’s tightly intergrated with OS X.
But Murphy couldn’t ignore the math. Apple’s .Mac give you a single gig of storage and ten gigs of transfer for about $100 per year. Other hosts charge about the same, but might offer two HUNDRED storage gigs and THOUSANDS of gigs in transfer. The difference in cost per gig is enormous. With that kind of storage space you could keep a copy of all your valuable photos and music online.
Whatever the reason, we’ll assume you’ve decided to publish your iWeb sites outside of .Mac and its fabulous toys. Now you have to get your web site from a folder on your disk to a web server on the Internet. No big deal if you do it every once in a while, just use a web-based upload tool.
But if you blog, you might be updating every day. You don’t want to endure a tedious process every time you write seven paragraphs about your cat. You only want the changes copied, with minimal effort.
That’s where rsync comes in. You’ll need a host that provides shell access. Not all of them do. Google for web hosting and ssh to find some suitable hosts.
Shell access means the host lets you use your Mac Terminal to manage your site. Tools like scp and ssh that facilitate command-line remote control of a server. It’s a security risk for the provider, so they might not allow it. They get peace of mind by limiting you to web-based tools they provide.
If you’re updating sites frequently, take a look at this screencast. It might be worth it for you to switch providers.
Never used Terminal before? In the wrong hands it can be a bad thing! Watch the warning before proceeding.
Update: See Murphy’s post about using SSH without a password. It let’s you use rsync securely without a password too.Watch Now | Permalink