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A lot of the web apps we review here at Web.AppStorm hold price tags, but there’s still a plethora of free ones available that do stellar jobs. In this roundup, we’re going to showcase fifty fantastic web apps that not only do a great job, but do it for free. While a lot of them do offer paid and premium versions, we’ve chosen them all because we think you can survive on the free version forever.

Let’s dive in…

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As the web has evolved over the last few years into a powerful, dependable platform, web apps have grown in popularity as well as complexity. There are web apps out there for pretty much anything you want to get done — even something as unthinkable a few years ago as replacing Photoshop for image editing. This development has come at a cost though — web apps are more powerful than ever with their own learning curves and subscription costs.

As has been the case with any popular platform though, the web has also been a breeding ground for utilitarian applications that do small things well, and at the unbeatable cost of free. In this post, I’ll be listing some of the best small design utilities that I’ve come to use on the web to get very specific tasks done. They’re tiny, focused and get the job done with little fuss. (more…)

There’s many ways to sell stuff online, but if you’ve decided you want to sell stuff directly from your own site, you’ve still got to figure out how exactly to do that. You could run a dedicated eCommerce platform on your site, or perhaps add it with a plugin like WooCommerce. The simplest way, though, is with a hosted shopping cart service.

In this roundup I’m going to look at three of the best hosted shopping carts available: eJunkie, AmberCart and Cashie Commerce. Each one has its own pro’s and con’s, and hopefully though this article you’ll be able to find the one that is right for you. Let’s dig in.

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It’s Thanksgiving week for Americans, and here at AppStorm our international team still enjoys listing the apps we’re thankful for. We use tons of web apps in our daily work and leisure time, in addition to all the apps we try out for reviews and roundups that we publish here daily. It’d take way too long to list every app we use, but we rounded up a personal favorite from many on our team, as well as a couple of the apps that keep our articles coming your way every day.

Keep reading to see the apps that the Web.AppStorm team is most thankful for this year.

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Note-taking is a small yet important part of anyone’s digital routine. That’s why apps like Evernote prove extremely useful for anyone who needs to jot down pieces of information at any given time. It lets you quickly jot down text notes or take shots of important documents from any device you’re using, or directly from your web browser.

If you think you’ve used Evernote for everything, thought, think again. The Evernote Trunk is full of apps, devices, notebooks, and more that can help you get the most out of the service. Here’s 10 of our favorite Evernote compatible web apps that showcase the different ways that Evernote can be of further use in any aspect of our lives.

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When you get bored online, there’s a million ways to keep yourself distracted. You could head over to your favorite social network, read the news, watch YouTube videos, play online games, and tons of other things. What we don’t usually do is head to web apps designed to be whimsical and entertaining. Turns out, though, there’s quite a few developers that have put together some fascinating web apps that, while not useful, will be sure to keep you entertained, at least for a bit.

Here are 15 websites that I stumbled upon that are weird, funny, or even scary, but they’re all quite interesting. You just might find a new favorite way to distract yourself online!

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Blogger is one of the original hosted blogging platforms, from the guys that went on to start Twitter after Google bought it out. Blogger is where many of us cut our blogging teeth, and was the first place many people moved after leaving their old Geocities sites behind. Today, though, Blogger’s popularity has been eclipsed by WordPress.com, Tumblr, and social networking in general which has kept many from focusing on writing a full blog.

Blogger seemed to stagnate for years, but in the past year, Google has done a lot to make it a much more modern blogging service. Let’s take a look at the new Blogger and its improved default themes, then check out 8 of the best new Blogger themes from our parent company Envato’s ThemeForest. (more…)

Twitter has long come under fire for not allowing its users to download their old tweets, and for arbitrarily limiting the time you can go back in search. There are plans to let users download their complete archive of tweets by years end, but we have no concrete information about how that’ll work. And many of us want more than just the raw data; we want a way to format, analyze, and automatically archive our Twitter lives.

These 12 web apps, tools, and services will help you on your way to a backed up, readable, and easily-studied Twitter existence. (more…)

If you’ve wanted to start an online store, there’s never been a better time to do so. Today, there’s so many different tools you could use to build a high-quality online store, you might have trouble picking which one would work best for you. From hosted options like Shopify to plugins for your WordPress blog to a dedicated eCommerce CMS, there’s options for every need.

PrestaShop is one of the emerging popular eCommerce systems that lets you make the online store you’ve always dreamed of. It’s also started to attract attention on ThemeForest, the site for themes and more from our parent company Envato. Keep reading to take a look at what PrestaShop offers and some of the best themes you can get for it to make an eCommerce site quicker than ever. (more…)

Magento is one of the best open-source eCommerce CMSes out there. It offers webmasters a ton of features and plenty of flexibility with which to create online stores. It’s infinitely customizable and there are plenty of great themes available to make your site look professional and welcoming to your customers.

I’ve picked out some of the very best Magento themes that you can find in the ThemeForest marketplace, the marketplace for website themes and templates run by our parent company Envato.  Each of these themes is unique and can make it easier for you to design the perfect eCommerce site for your business, so let’s dive right in! (more…)

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