With the release of iLife 2011, iWeb was discontinued and users were looking for a replacement. June 2012 saw the demise of MobileMe, the preferred iWeb site destination. Things were starting to look grim.
In April 2014 we released Sparkle 1.0, three years later we’re pushing harder than ever on new features and improvements across the board.
If iWeb was still alive… Sparkle is pretty much what it would look like! Finally a true iWeb replacement, a great app that helps you build modern sites with full control over layout, and an easy migration path to boot. Images and galleries, videos and maps, and much, much more, built right in. Sparkle is a tool for non-coders, every feature is understandable and in plain english.
You should definitely try the free version right now. And if you have a friend in pain with an old website, do mention Sparkle.
Sparkle lets you finely position elements on the canvas wherever you please, and control their attributes visually with a snappy canvas and real time browser preview.
Just like in iWeb, you can move things around exactly like you want them with no restriction. This might sound like hyperbole, but the freedom and control, and immediacy of results is hilarity-inducing. Building websites is fun again.
Website builders based on templates or modular components or blocks can’t do this, which is why most people don’t think this feature is even possible. Sparkle is unique in its ability to reproduce the layout of an existing site, importing text and images in the process. It’s amazing to see it work, almost like magic, and hand you over a fully editable page.
From galleries to background video, from animations to popups, from crystal clear web fonts to gorgeous high resolution images, your new Sparkle website will be beautiful and high performance, and ready for Macs, PCs and mobile devices with “retina”/high density screens.
iWeb never supported mobile layouts, Sparkle had responsive support from day one. We call this feature “devices”, an understandable and straightforward technique to produce gorgeous websites that adapt to visitor devices.
This feature alone is worth an upgrade of your old website.
If you’re looking into a redesign, Sparkle has a few sample designs you can either get inspiration from, or use right away. Check them out!
Unlike iWeb, Sparkle doesn’t have a preferred web host, but it does have an exceedingly smart publishing setup that with most web host setups only needs a couple parameters and will figure everything out automatically.
We hope you will pick Sparkle to upgrade your old site, it’s going to be fun!
Sparkle is striving to become the best visual tool to create websites.
We will soon be adding more articles with example websites and more thoughts on visual web development.
If you have any questions or feedback please get in touch.
If you liked this article you might also like: