The venerable iWeb hosting feature won’t make the transition when Apple moves existing MobileMe users to its new iCloud service by fall.
MacRumors published an email correspondence seemingly between a MobileMe user and Steve Jobs, confirming the demise of the service. The authenticity however, of the email exchange cannot be verified, but MacRumors says that the email headers look genuine.
The conversation goes:
Q: Dear Mr. Jobs,
Will I need to find an alternative website builder and someone to host my sites? I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than mobileme ever did.
Sent from my iPhone
MobileMe features will continue to be supported by the company until June of 2012. Hence, existing iWeb/MobileMe users will have a year or so to find a new web host.
Generally speaking, the move makes sense. Apple hasn’t updated its iWeb software since iLife ’09 and in November, the company shut down its .Mac homepage publisher.
Moving on from the service may prove difficult for loyal iWeb users. Nevertheless, as long as the iWeb software continues to work under the latest versions of Mac OS X, users can still publish content to a third-party web server using FTP.