I rarely rate software poorly - usually if it isn't good I just won't use it, and that's the end of it. But iWeb has pushed me to my limits. It has such great potential, and is a really great idea! I love being able to create a simple and good looking photo page. I find the blog feature allows for a lot more creativity and flexibility than a lot of the free blog sites out there (i.e. blogspot, livejournal...myspace just sucks). Alas, that damn this is buggy beyond use!
I have no problems creating my sites at all, that part goes smoothly. It's trying to upload said sites that causes huge issues. First, why must every page of every site be created, even if no changes have been done to them? And what is up with uploading to .Mac? I either get an error that the .Mac servers are busy about half way through the upload, the upload stalls randomly and won't keep going, or something else prevents the upload. Worst part, while uploading (and creating the pages) my entire system is brought to a grind (and I have a fairly new MacBook Pro). Typically what happens is: first any open applications begin to show considerable slow down, then I can no longer open any new applications - the icon will bounce in the dock once and then that's it, spotlight will then cease to work not finding anything I search for, and finally icons from applicatios being to disappear - it's like hte entire system is having a massive stroke. If I manage to force quit iWeb (which doesn't always happen) and then restart, the system is fine - but seriously, this is just nuts and unacceptable for a product that has been in release for over a year.