Apple's iWeb publishing software rode off into the sunset last year, but the guys at Rage Software are convinced the world is still looking for a suitable replacement. Coming soon is EasyWeb, which they say will help users create their own Web pages just as effectively as Apple's now-shuttered Web service--and just as easily.
"We've had iWeb clients begging us to come up with this," said Rage's Paul Levine, who previously developered add-ons for iWeb, and knew a number of the service's dedicated users. "A lot of people didn't realize how popular iWeb was."
The EasyWeb service is still in beta testing--it only has a Facebook page, and Rage Software only announced the product right before the opening of Macworld/iWorld. But a quick demonstration of EasyWeb certainly looked like it was worthy of the name: Users start out with predesigned templates, then customize them by dragging and dropping in elements--like menus, image galleries, social media buttons and more--at the user's discretion.
After the page is create, Levine said, users will have access to "one-click" publishing; Rage offers web hosting starting at $5 a month. EasyWeb should be available to the public "within a month or two."