Not everyone’s completely tech-savvy, which is the main reason why a lot of businesses or individuals spend large sums of money to get a website up and running. Many of these people don’t realize that maintaining a website on a budget can be much simpler and cheaper than you would expect. In fact, all you seem to need nowadays is a good web host and the rest can be done quickly, and at almost no cost whatsoever.

But what about the rest? With a really nifty content-management system called PyroCMS, this needn’t be something to worry about. In this article, I’ll be showing you how to get PyroCMS installed on a LAMP web server and the basics of creating content and working with the highly-extensible system it offers.


Enterprises and Businesses are the cash cows that can make a software development company into an overnight success. Selling to them is an incredibly lucrative opportunity. There’s a catch though; you will have to work hard to convince them to make a switch from an archaic system they might be using in production.

Cloud computing and SaaS models unlock the potential of resources — both human and hardware. While some cloud solutions might end up costing a lot more than their self hosted competitors over time, a shrewd manager will know the savings are manifold too. Data portability and remote teams are among the first in the list.

With so many web apps to choose from in all aspects of running a business, moving all business functions to the cloud is a very real possibility.


It’s true; a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s the reason there are so many screenshots in AppStorm articles AppStorm and across the Tuts+ network. To keep your audience engaged, your presentation has to be visually appealing. Once you grab the audience with a striking visual, you can connect with them on an emotional level.

These days I get questions from people who want to move from Microsoft PowerPoint just because it doesn’t do justice to the content on their slides. One of my recommendations to them is SlideRocket. Today SlideRocket has introduced a few new tools to its already well stacked visual arsenal.


If you haven’t noticed (or don’t visit the sites), Gawker launched an all new design across their sites (Gizmodo, Lifehacker, etc) that’s quite different. Many people think it’s terrible and a poor decision. I can’t help but see various similarities between the new design and designs you’ll see on tablets such as the iPad.



Performance issues aside (which are being worked out by their staff), the new design’s usability makes more sense for tablet-type devices than the prior blog style design. Personally, I like the new design more than the prior one, even on my desktop. It makes more sense from a usability standpoint; no new page loads or tabs when navigating to a post, a quick overview of recent or popular posts, etc.

The question, though, is whether or not people really want mobile web UX when they’re on their desktop computer? I think the web and computer technology is slowly evolving into more dynamic, interactive and “go anywhere” hardware and software, so I see designs such as Gawker’s as an expected step across all platforms.

As you can tell, I clearly prefer the newer design and the idea of mobile web UX making its way onto the desktop, replacing our older viewing methods. What do you think? Do you prefer iPad-type web designs over their desktop counterparts while on the desktop? Or do you think desktop web UX will, and should, always be different than other platforms?

We are living in the Information Age and today one of the most important things to most of us is our data. If our computers, tablets, phones, or other devices disappeared, or the webapps we depend on shut down tomorrow, the files we lose would be harder to replace than the things themselves. From pictures to music to the new web app you’ve been creating, we’re keeping more data than ever and all of it is stuff you want to access anytime, anywhere, without ever losing it.

The good news is there are many apps today to help keep your data synced and safe. Dropbox is one of the most popular file sync apps ever, but SpiderOak is another promising offering that helps ensure your data is safe and secure as well.

We’re going to take a deeper look at what both of these services offer and then hopefully you can decide if Dropbox, SpiderOak, or another service is the one you need to keep your data synced and safe.


Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Freedcamp. The developer describes Freedcamp as a free project management solution aimed for small businesses, start-ups, students, and fans of collaboration. Some of the exclusive features we offer are: The ability to house an unlimited number of projects and users, Basecamp import, an integrated Meebo chat bar, and Facebook Connect. We offer our service completely free, no-ads, no price plans.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Do you have a hard time keeping up with where your money is going? It’s hard enough to know how much you have in your checking account, not to mention how much you have it other accounts or owe on loans or credit cards. As tax season rapidly approaches, most of us realize that we need to do a better job at keeping up with our money. Problem is, most programs for managing your finances are expensive and difficult to use.

Managing your finances isn’t a hopeless quest, though. Today we’re going to look at, a popular finance management web app that helps you keep up with all of your accounts, budgets, and more. Mint was acquired by Intuit, the company behind Quicken and TurboTax, in 2009, but it’s kept its original simple interface and no-nonsense approach to managing finances while bringing tighter integration with TurboTax. Keep reading to see if Mint is what you need to get your finances under control.


We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Web.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

You might also consider a Quick Look submission, an easy way to showcase your app to all our readers.

Paymo Time Tracker – Paymo is a time tracking and online invoicing tool that can be used online or on your desktop. Paymo offers you a clear picture of how time is spent in your organization.

TaskAnt – TaskAnt saves your time and your team’s time on project and task management. Especially for assigning, tracking and searching tasks.

dashboard – dashboard is a powerful lead management system.

YaRooms – Yarooms web application offers meeting & conference room scheduling with functional booking system for rooms, management of room reservations and much more. – Review, Compare and Evaluate business applications. In you will find enterprise software, SaaS and Cloud Computing solutions with user reviews.

Media Temple – Media Temple hosts websites. Big and Small. For years they’ve taken complex technology and simplified it for the everyday website owner. Their products are designed to be powerful, affordable and relevant.

Dealy – Dealy lets website owners create and distribute their deals of the days across the internet, facebook, twitter, SMS text, email and their websites.

Intervals – Intervals is web-based time tracking, task management, and project management for small businesses that need to know where all of their time is going. Includes workflow, timesheets, reporting, document storage, and invoicing.

JotForm – First Web Based WYSIWYG Form Builder. Create and publish web forms using your browser. Get responses via E-mail.

FusionCharts – Animated & Interactive Flash Charts, Graphs and Maps for web applications. Offers 75 chart types and 530 maps that can be used with any script and database. A complete reporting experience with drill-down, AJAX-enabled charts and one-click chart export.

We’re going to be kicking off a new series next week, called “Ask the Editor”. This will run a few times each month, and give you a chance to submit questions to be answered by our editorial team (and a few expert writers, if we need some assistance!)

Whether you have a question related to web apps, browsers, or Web.AppStorm in general, I’d really love to hear it! I’ll do my best to answer a series of diverse questions that will be interesting for everyone.

Without further ado, here’s a quick form to submit your question for next week’s post. Hopefully you’ll be seeing my response up on AppStorm soon. Thanks for contributing!

People set goals all the time, but if you look at who actually starts to work on them or abandons them mid way, the numbers would be quite large. We all need help to reach our goals, whether it’s incentives or support from others. Incentives and support act as great motivators pushing us to work harder and not to abandon things half way.

stickK is a web app that helps you achieve your goals by way of monetary incentives and with the support of your well wishers. Let’s take a closer look at how the app works and how it can help you.


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