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Website creation for the Mac, that's as easy to use as the Mac.

Sandvox lets anybody, even non-experts, create slick modern websites, fast. Named to Mac App Store's Best of 2012 at v2.7, v2.8 adds built-in optimization for Retina graphics, two new website designs, and more social sharing tools.

Only Sandvox — winner of an Apple Design Award — features a user experience that lets you combine and spotlight your own drag-and-drop content while automatically creating a modern, feature-rich, standards-compliant website as you go. See your website come alive before your eyes! When ready, just upload your site to your favorite host directly from within Sandvox. It's that easy.

“Sandvox 2 is an excellent visual website-design tool for individuals and businesses that need to create attractive sites without having to learn the HTML/CSS/JavaScript that goes into it. Its superior user experience and feature set makes Sandvox a worthy alternative to Apple's soon-to-be-obsolete iWeb. EXCELLENT ◼ ◼ ◼ ◼ ½ ” — Mac|Life


• Choose from dozens of stylish site designs, including two brand new designs, Hydrogen and Kryptonite
• Over 20 different, customizable content objects help you build the site of your dreams
• Easily add text, images, or movies
• Showcase your images with Photo Grids and lightbox-style Galleries, automatically optimized for Retina displays
• Super easy blogging, with built-in archiving
• Instantly add connections to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+
• Syndicate your blog or podcast and offer easy-to-grab RSS feeds
• Incorporate content from other websites such as weather and news headlines
• Show selected products from
• Feature YouTube videos
• Include a Contact Form for feedback
• Automatically generate a sitemap
• Comment support via Disqus, IntenseDebate and Facebook Comments
• Insert custom features with Raw HTML

“ ◼ ◼ ◼ ◼ ” — MacNN · “ ◼ ◼ ◼ ◼ ½ ” — SVMMac · “ ◼ ◼ ◼ ◼ ½ ” — Cult of Mac


• iMedia Browser — Effortlessly browse your Pictures folder, iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, and Flickr. Grab movies from iPhoto and iTunes. Build a podcast. The iMedia Browser puts your resources at your fingertips.

• Raw HTML Objects — Directly place HTML, JavaScript, PHP, or other inserted web code, such as embed codes provided by other sites.

• Advanced Customization — Code injection, custom CSS, built-in jQuery support and a brand new Cocoa plug-in API are available to experienced users and offer even more ways to customize your site.

• Publishing Options — Publish via FTP, SFTP, WebDAV

• Search Engine Optimization — SEO-friendly site structure plus integration with Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics

• Site Extractor — generate a new Sandvox website using the text and images of your old site, to help you get off the ground that little bit quicker

For more information or to watch a video introduction, please visit our website!

“Those who want to quickly create template-based sites packed with features, should give Sandvox 2 a look. ◼ ◼ ◼ ◼” — Macworld UK


We're always here to help and we'd love to hear from you! If you have feedback or questions, you can reach us by email at or visit our community forum at

Read our FAQ at (in English)

Familiar with iWeb? See our iWeb Transition Guide at (in English)

What's New in Version 2.8.9

Sandvox 2.8 can publish high-resolution images for Retina displays, includes two new designs, and offers more social sharing capabilities, including support for Pinterest and LinkedIn.


• Fixes a bug which stopped Graphical Text appearing within Sandvox
• Addresses an issue pasting or dragging some pages containing images
• Localization updates


Retina Optimization

Sandvox 2.8 can automatically take advantage of high-resolution source images to optimize for display on Retina screen devices, whenever they are available. Controls for this have been added to the Appearance tab of the Document Inspector and Metrics Inspector:

• Dimensions are now measured in points instead of pixels (Retina displays contain 4x as many pixels as ‘regular’ resolution displays)
• If an image will appear at less than full quality (on either regular or Retina displays), a warning message will appear
• The Size button now acts as a toggle between ‘Retina’ & ‘regular’ quality, preventing over-sizing of images

When Retina support is turned on, Sandvox makes high-resolution images “retina-ready” so that people who view your website on Retina screens will see images that are optimized for their screens. This includes:

• Image objects, including logos
• Banners (your custom banners & built-in banners for *most* Designs)
• Photo Grid (including Gallery), Slide Show, and Titles & Summaries indexes
• Amazon Lists
• Badges & icons: RSS and Sandvox badges, and AIM Status objects (unfortunately not possible for other IM services at present)


• Two new included Designs: Hydrogen and Kryptonite. You can choose to use either a left-side Sidebar or a right-side Sidebar with Hydrogen or Kryptonite.

Social & Sharing

• Sharing Bar — A new Sharing Bar object can be added to the end of any page, bringing together all of our supported Sharing buttons in a neat, convenient row.
• Sharing buttons — including the Sharing Bar — are now organized into their own Sharing section of the Objects toolbar item
• Pinterest & LinkedIn — Support for buttons for both Pinterest & LinkedIn have been added. These buttons can be placed on any page
• Twitter — The Twitter button now features additional button types/options, including Hashtag and Follow
• Facebook — The Facebook button now supports many other configurations, including Like Box and Activity Feed


• Google Maps are now automatically localized into your site's language, where supported
• Contact Form has a new “Send from” checkbox, that, if enabled, will improve the chances that visitors' messages will get to your inbox, instead of being filtered to your 'junk' folder as SPAM.
• Amazon objects can now open links in a new window


• When publishing media, Sandvox now replaces any spaces in filenames with hyphens instead of underscores
• Podcast RSS feeds now include images suitable for iTunes listings. The image for each episode can be previewed and changed using the Appearance tab of the Page inspector
• The “Legacy (ConnectionKit)” FTP system has been removed


• Improved responsiveness while large documents are saving
• Links to pages which have since been deleted are automatically unlinked


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Customer Reviews

simple and easy though not the kind of control of the big guns

I was pleased at how easy the program was to use. I initially set up my site with DreamWeaver years ago, which was a vastly more capable program full of things I didn’t need and took a lot more time to figure out. Not wanting to have to fork out another $400 + for a version that worked on my updated OS, I looked around and found Sandvox. It does most everything I need and took only an hour or so to figure out. Still one small issues I need to iron out, but my updated site is up and running and looks great. Might have been easier if I’d started from scratch instead of extracting the material from my old site. If you are replacing an old site, you will need something like Cyberduck to remove the old files before you upload your new site. That worked just as easily for me once I figured out which files belonged to the site and backed them up just in case. Sandvox has a useful tutorial, but you have to look up Cyberduck tutorials on line. Really simple stuff though. Overall 4 stars for getting the job done. If you are familliar with CSS, you can probably tweak a lot more, but for your average user this will do the trick.

Great Program

I bought this program shortly after Christmas 2013 as my previous web software was difficult to use. My needs for web designs are the basics, static information and needed WYSIWYG. Within 6 hours I had redesign my existing web site using their templates, loaded a picture album, and linked to external web sites. It was very easy to use, the video that comes with it was extremely useful as I referenced it many times to understand Sandvox. If you are heavy into web site design this application may be a bit lite, but if you don’t need all the power of those applications, highly recommend Sandvox.

Sometimes cannot recognize files previously published

For some reason, when I went to publish yesterday, Sandvox could not recognize my previously published files (all but the four I uploaded yesterday). So, it goes back through all my 2012, 2013, and 2014 files to upload them again. Takes quite a while. I wrote support, and they say there is no way to get Sandvox to recognize previously published files when this happens—you have to go through the republish routine. Not a good scenario. Otherwise, a pretty good app.

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  • $79.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2014
  • Version: 2.8.9
  • Size: 37.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Seller: Karelia Software LLC

Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

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