Apple's abandonment of iWeb has left a lot of would-be web admins unhappy. If you had a pre-Mac App Store copy of the app on DVD, you can still install it and even design sites, but some of the previous functionality and MobileMe iWeb publishing is gone. Rage Software is demoing EasyWeb at Macworld/iWorld 2013, an easy website design and publishing app that may be a worthy successor to iWeb.
Megan Lavey-Heaton and I took a look at a pre-release version of the app, which provides design flexibility that wasn't available in iWeb. Users can start with predesigned themes (a number of designers are working on themes for EasyWeb) or a blank slate.
While iWeb was stuck with one-level horizontal menus, EasyWeb users can choose from vertical or horizontal menus complete with drop-downs. There are a number of widgets built into the app for functionality like adding Google AdSense ads, Vimeo or YouTube movies, PayPal payments or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, etc...) links.
At this time, there's no word on the cost of the app or when it will be available. The company will be offering a MobileMe-like hosting service at US$99 per year to enable one-click publishing of sites, but alternative/BYO hosting isn't going to be in version 1 of the product.