E-commerce is big business, but a badly designed website (from both an aesthetic and experience perspective) can turn people away. I can definitely confirm this, through personal experience. Fortunately, there’s a selection of great, premium themes available on ThemeForest. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of the e-commerce themes available on ThemeForest for WordPress and other CMSes. (more…)
Many businesses today, perhaps web-based businesses especially, are changing from the traditional company structure. By allowing their employees to be more autonomous and having a less-sharply defined chain of authority, work can proceed with less interruption and without the need for consulting superiors on every decision.
10,000ft is a project manager designed to cater to the specific needs of companies using this new management structure. It’s beautifully designed and packed full of features. Let’s have a look at them… (more…)
If you’re also an Android user, then you should definitely check out Android.AppStorm – maybe start by grabbing some great free apps!
There’s certainly no shortage of free Android apps, but a lot of these are really more like free demos: they’re ad-supported “lite” versions with accompanying paid apps, or they’re 30 day trials, or they require you to unlock extra features via in-app purchases or by paying for a monthly account.
That’s not a bad thing, of course; we shouldn’t expect all developers to give away the products of their hard work for free! But in this roundup, we’ll look exclusively at apps that don’t ask for a penny.
Head over to Android.AppStorm to read the post!
Given the recent rise in popularity of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, with quick, short messages between users like those popularized by SMS messages, some believe that e-mail may be dying out. After all, it’s so much easier to type in a person’s name, write out whatever it is off your chest and hit “Send”. You don’t have to worry if the email address is correct or up-to-date, and you can be pretty much guaranteed that they will have seen it, even if you don’t get a reply straight away.
It’s pretty surprising to say, but even today, 12% of the American and 39% of the European population still don’t have access to the Internet, according to the latest penetration figures for 2011. As those users, and the kids growing up today, come online, it would seem that they’ll adopt to using social networks by default, skipping email entirely and hastening its demise. But I believe that e-mail certainly isn’t dying out – in fact it’s more popular than ever.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
37signals has recently been cleaning house, selling Softfolio and turning off new signups for their free apps, Writeboard and Tadalist. More surprising, they also killed Backpack, keeping existing accounts intact but turning off new signups.
I found that rather sad, as I’d always liked Backpack, but had never put it to use as much as I’d like. It was a nice tool for creating free-form to-do lists mixed with messages, images, and more, and felt like a more dynamic way to manage projects than Basecamp or other project and task managers. Turns out, 37signals decided to mix some Backpack features in their new Basecamp, and is now more focused on their main flagship product.
The sad truth is, web apps don’t always last forever, just like you’re never guaranteed that any app developer will keep making updates and new versions of their product. But that can always be frustrating for existing users. So did you use Backpack, and do you wish 37signals was still developing it? Or did you never even try it out? We’d be interested to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll.
We’d like to say a big thanks to our June Web.AppStorm Sponsors. We’ve already had many great apps sponsoring our site since we opened our weekly sponsor program, and are looking forward to seeing more great web apps sponsoring Web.AppStorm. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.
If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
The world’s largest social network is a great place to spread the word about your business and keep your customers and fans up to date about your latest offerings. However, it can be difficult to do that using the default tools Facebook provides. When your business wants to start taking Facebook marketing seriously, AgoraPulse just might be the tool you need. You can learn more about your fans, manage comments and messages, schedule posts, add new apps to your Facebook Page, and more, all from this great app.
Selling stuff online shouldn’t be that difficult, but it can often be quite a challenge getting a high-quality eCommerce site setup. From integrating with a payment processor and shipping service to making sure everything is secure, there’s a lot of things to get right. AmberCart simplifies the process by letting you just add a bit of code into your site to integrate their full-featured shopping cart into your site. Setting it up is easy, and once it’s done, you can get back to making the things you make best instead of worrying about selling the stuff you’ve made!
And a special thanks to you, our Web.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We truly hope you find our articles interesting and helpful!
For a while now, GitHub has been running a service called GitHub Pages. Based on Jekyll, GitHub Pages allows for the creation of websites as either standalone sites or to accompany code projects on GitHub. This is great, but adding new pages is a little tricky unless you’re a seasoned Git pro.
That is where Prose comes in. Once you’ve authenticated your GitHub account, Prose lets you edit existing text files and create new ones ready for Jekyll to convert them to HTML. Prose is geared towards the creation of new Jekyll pages in the Markdown format. Markdown, if you’re unfamiliar, is a simple type of markup language designed to be both easy to learn and to convert to well-formed HTML.
The question is, do Prose and GitHub make a good enough team to displace more traditional website backends?
It is time to face the reality that there are less and less reasons to avoid cloud storage. Competing cloud providers and their product offerings are now backed by some large players: Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google Drive, and the front-runner that made it all popular – Dropbox. Let’s be honest, who thought that cloud based syncing could remain exciting in 2012?
Cubby, LogMeIn’s entrant, is certainly no exception to the trend of exciting file sync and sharing apps. Cubby is combining all the things Dropbox and its contenders lack into a powerful product that is still in beta. Cubby has a great feature set and is a easily a strong contender for the cloud synchronization crown.