This week has been very profitable for Oracle at the expense of SAP and tarnished their image by getting them branded pirates, the guys at 4chan found a new chew toy, the Facebook killer is off the ground and you might be sued for using the word “Face” in future.

Read on after the break for some of this weeks best web app news and updates.


Whether you’re looking for a bit of JavaScript to enhance your website or you’re simply searching for that PHP class that will make it easier to handle database connections, you can spend a lot of time searching for bits of code but some cause more harm than good.

A few weeks ago, we took a quick look at and we thought that it was so good, it was definitely worth a full review. With, you can easily find and share snippets of code with fellow developers, as well as commenting on them. Find out more inside.


Probably. Don’t take this the wrong way—I don’t want to discourage any aspiring app developers—but the launch of an app will have a heavy impact on its future success… or complete and utter failure. This doesn’t just mean an app’s functionality, but also its design, marketing, branding, etc. Don’t launch until you and your app are ready.

I’ve just come across Browserling, a new web app for cross-browser testing, a promising idea for an app but, in this case, a poorly executed launch that may lead to its early demise. Here’s why.


Pipeno is a beta publishing platform. Pipeno is (going to be) fully featured. Pipeno will be polished and well-rounded tool. Pipeno has a range of pricing options. Pipeno is starting to sound like an Apple product. Perhaps it should, because Pipeno really is an interesting and comprehensive offering. Read on to see whether Pipeno is what you need to start your own news-blog, e-Media network, or just to share pictures of your cats with the world.


One of the many awesome aspects of ThemeForest is the affordability of such amazing templates and themes. However, I quickly noticed many of my items’ buyers expected my hourly rates for content customization to be little more than the item price itself—which was just not possible.

Thanks to some really great lightweight CMSes, which we rounded up in our 10 Fantastic Lightweight CMSes You Should Try post, I can easily provide many of my buyers with an easily editable website in very little time and at a very low cost.

In today’s how-to, I’ll walk you through the simple steps of setting up a ThemeForest template with the easy to use CMS PageLime.


So many bloggers and so many blogging platforms to choose from. While there’s quite a selection of blogging platforms available, only a handful stand out as top choices. But which one is the right one for you? We recently pulled together 10 Fantastic Lightweight CMSes You Should Try, most of which completely lack real blogging capabilities. However, that led me to ask, what’s everyone’s top choice these days?

Personally, I automatically default to WordPress for the large majority of my projects as it’s one of the most supported, flexible and easy to use platforms currently available. Maybe there’s been some new advances in other platforms lately though, beyond what we listed in our 10 Best Blogging Platforms. What’s your choice blogging platform?

Whatever the platform, I’d more so like to hear why you chose that particular platform over other top contenders. Versatility? Options? Theming capabilities? Let me know with a quick comment below.

Last week we took a look at some of the great improvements Blinksale has made to their already great invoicing app. This week, thanks to the generosity of the Blinksale team, we’re able to bring you a Blinksale giveaway.

Read on for more information and how to enter the giveaway.

Updated: Congrats to NickF, Francisco and Michael, our three lucky Blinksale giveaway winners. And a big thanks to Blinksale for making this great giveaway possible.


If you’re one of the types that finds it relaxing to listen to music whilst doing other things on a computer, chances are that the majority of your music library is stored on a single computer. However, this can cause complications when you’re out and about, especially when you’re using a computer that’s not your own. What can you do about it?

With Mougg, you can upload your music to their web server and then access it from wherever you are in the world, provided you have an internet connection. With 1GB of free storage space, this isn’t to be sniffed at.


We know that MySpace is a great place for people who love music and for bands who want to make it big. A few days ago MySpace announced a tie up with Facebook for a new feature named Mashup with Facebook. The primary goal of this feature is to help MySpace users easily create a personalized stream of entertainment content based on their interests and taste.

Your interests are ascertained by the likes you’ve shared on your Facebook stream from clicking Like buttons across the web. Read on to find how you can get personalized entertainment content recommendations from MySpace, courtesy of Facebook.


Ascertaining what aspects of your web page appeals to your visitors and which do not can be a very tricky business. Now that there are so many competitors available in even the smallest niches online, converting traffic into business is key to success. You just can’t wing it by going with your gut alone.

Website optimization is more of an art than science. You will need tools, techniques and some patience to tweak & re-tweak things untill everything is just about right. Today we’ll take a look at how Visual Website Optimizer can help you optimize your website using A/B and multivariate tests.


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