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Why use a .Mac when you can own a .COM?

by Tim Attwood on March 20, 2008

There’s no doubt that Apple has seen a lot of growth this decade. With the popularity of the iPod, the Mac and the iPhone on the rise, more and more users are making the switch. And why not? We’re fans too, and I’m certainly not going to try and convince you otherwise.

Some stats put Apple’s Mac OS X at over 6% of the market. Although that number may seem low, its actually enough to put it squarely in 3rd place, behind only Windows XP and Windows Vista. And with the rising popularity of the Mac, we also see Apple’s .Mac service becoming more and more popular. But just because you’ve switched to a Mac, do you need to switch to .Mac? In this case, the answer is a resounding “No”.

A few Mac applications, including iWeb include integration with the .Mac service, making it easy to publish sites and content created in iWeb directly to your .Mac account. But what if you wanted to publish your content somewhere else? It may not be a 1-step process but it is still very easy.

Publish to a folder…All you need to do is select “Publish to a Folder…” instead of “Publish to .Mac”. This will allow you to save your work to a folder on your Mac. Then, with any FTP application such as Fetch, FileZilla, Cyberduck, or even our own File Manager application, you can upload your iWeb content to any web site. And yes, this works with any of our web hosting plans!

But what are some of the other advantages of over .Mac? Instead of just 1 IMAP email account, we give you hundreds! Instead of having to use and you can get your own FREE domain name and have something even more memorable, like or And you don’t have to use your web site only for a public site, you can use your space for backup or storage.

And when the day comes that you’ve outgrown your iWeb built website, our hosting plans will grow with you, allowing you to incorporate many popular web-based tools and applications including CMS, Photo Galleries, Blogs, Bulletin Boards and even Wikis as part of your site. The potential is limitless…


Tim Attwood
Product Manager
SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.

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PotsNPans December 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM

I agree with these points. You can definitely be a total Apple/Mac fanboy or fangirl without needing a .mac to prove it.

Rusher January 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

I agree, too. I think the most basic and simplest solution is usually the best, and when it comes to domain names that means .com all the way!

Randy5 January 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

I’d be curious to see some .mac websites. I bet those are some hardcore Apple fans who own them.

Stoddard February 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

I tried searching for some and couldn’t find any. Is .mac still viable?

OfftheWall October 4, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Now that you mention it, I haven’t been able to find anything on .mac either, Stoddard. Maybe

WrigleyF January 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I’ve always been partial to .com over all other TLD’s. And having hundreds of IMAP email accounts ain’t bad, either.

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