system I've come across for getting our data on
the web. And I am particularly impressed by
WebMerge's handling of long fields (some of ours
are up to 50,000 characters).
"On my first use of the full program yesterday,
WebMerge generated 4.5MB of clean, error free HTML
in less than 9 seconds.
Review of Books
Web publishing software to create a
database-derived site that doesn't require
any complex Web database infrastructure."
- Macworld Magazine
"Webmerge is one of
those software programs that you wonder
'Where has this been all my life' after
you use it."
WebMerge lets you export your database to
HTML, generating static Web pages from your database
WebMerge works with any database or spreadsheet
that exports in tab-delimited, Merge, or other
tabular format, including FileMaker Pro, Microsoft
Access, and AppleWorks. Using HTML template pages
you can make with your favorite authoring tool,
WebMerge makes a new HTML page from the data in each
record of the exported file. WebMerge can also
create index pages with links to each of the detail
pages. Generated pages can be hosted on any Web
server - even AOL - without the need for a
specialized database hosting solution.
WebMerge provides support for multi-column index
page layouts, a new WM-FieldInclude tag which lets
you insert a text file or HTML file referenced by a
path in your field data, enhanced support for
other minor enhancements. This version also provides
enhanced documentation and examples, addresses all
bugs reported to date, and is even faster in some
operations than previous versions.
WebMerge requires no DLLs, extensions, CGIs, or other
components. Everything you need to start generating pages
is included in one easy-to-use application.
A wide variety of businesses, universities, and other
organizations rely on WebMerge daily, ranging from Web
designers to the US Library of Congress. Most of our
customers tell us that WebMerge paid for itself with the
first project they used it on.
4W WebMerge is:
"This is a GREAT
product . . . powerful, logical, intuitive, and
reasonably priced. I love it."
"After downloading WebMerge
in 2003, we were able to add more products than we
have ever had, combined. WebMerge has been an easy,
flawless addition to our "staff", and it was a great
investment at a low price."
"Perhaps the most wonderful
aspect of WebMerge is the ease of making updates.
Make a quick change to the data, click a couple
buttons...and it is done."
What's new in WebMerge 2.6:
- CSS support has been added to
tables. You can now specify CSS classes for the
table, row, and cells with the TableClass,
RowClass, and Cell class tags, respectively.
- The new WM-BBCode tag allows you
very simple BBCode syntax in your database fields
to describe web content.
- Improved performance of the modulo
operator for the WM-If tag.
- WebMerge now handles pagination of
index files more robustly with some combinations
- Improved FTP Settings window in both
appearance and functionality.
- Fixed bug in which index number
serial numbers weren't padding correctly if the
padding options were chosen.
- Added better error-checking in the
Sources tab setting delimiters.
- Various other enhancements and bug
fixes. All reproducible issues have been addressed
for this release.
What's new in WebMerge 2.5:
- The options for creating and naming
Index pages have been completely revised to allow
greater flexibility and control.
- Enhanced compatibility with Windows
Vista and Mac OX 10.5 (Leopard).
- Optimized performance on Intel-based
- This is the first version of WebMerge
available for the Linux operating system.
- Improved auto-discovery of source file
formats: When loading a source file, WebMerge will
examine the format of the file and attempt to set the
delimiters in the Sources tab appropriately. For most
common formats, this will automatically set them up
correctly, but the user can still change them if
- Improved generation of tables on index
pages. In earlier versions it was possible to use
certain combinations of tags and settings which would
cause WebMerge to fail to generate the closing
</table> tag for generated tables. At this time
all known issues with table generation have been
- Added a new maxLen attribute for the
WM-Field tag to truncate text from a specified field
to a given length. Text is truncated on word
boundaries to preserve readability, and any trunacted
text is indicate with the addition of an ellipsis at
the end if it. This option can be useful when you want
to display a portion of things like long product
- Generated files names now allow a
greater range of characters. Earlier versions were too
conservative in disallowing characters which cannot be
used in valid files names on web servers. Version 2.5
now generates pages using the full range of allowable
- A new len function has been added to the
WM-If tag to allow comparisons on the length of data
in a given field.
- Added a new Preferences window,
available as the last item in the Edit menu.This
window is now where you can change the hyphenation
option, which lets you choose to have WebMerge replace
invalid characters in file names with a hyphen
(default) or underscore. This functionality was
formerly in a tool named "Hyphenator" in the Tools
- Added new option to Preferences to set
the line endings for generated pages. By default,
WebMerge will generate pages using the line endings
native to the platform it's running on (CRLF for
Windows, CR for OS X, and LF for Linux). This new
Preference option lets you change this default
behavior if you need to integrate your pages with
other tools which may require specific line endings.
- Fixed bug in which saving a file with no
source would generate a "Cannot find source file" next
time the file was opened in WebMerge.
- Various minor bug fixes. All
reproducible issues have been addressed for this
Because you can save your WebMerge settings to a file, you
can easily set up even complex workflows that can be run by
others with no training - if they can double-click a file,
they can run WebMerge.
Corporations, universities, even private Web designers can
set up publishing systems for their clients and customers,
or trade work with other team members. WebMerge files can be
used on either Mac OS or Windows, so you can share your work
with anyone who has a licensed copy of WebMerge.
Our new workgroup pricing makes it even easier. You can get
a 3-pack or 5-pack of WebMerge licenses at a steep discount:
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Reason to use WebMerge #44: Better Search Engine
At most major search engine sites, the
frequency of keywords in your page contents will
play a major role in determining ranking in
results of keyword searches.
Most search engines can't index database
contents. If your site's content is delivered
dynamically from a live database relatively
little of your site will be indexed. Searches
that should have helped users find your page may
pass your site right by, since your content was
effectively invisible to the search engine.
WebMerge generates static Web pages that are
easily indexed by search engines. Standard HTML
copied from your own templates,
WebMerge-generated pages can make effective use
of the title, meta tags, and of course the body
text to help search engines give your site's
content appropriate ranking.
We have some customers who use WebMerge to
create mirrors of their database-driven content
to help ensure their site is properly indexed.