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Being able to publish something on the web has now become easier than ever. You have a wide variety of publishing platforms that you can post pictures, videos, blogs, and more. The hard part for developers that are looking to create a publishing application is that at this point, they are really running up against some very stiff competition. You have the giants like WordPress, Tumblr, and to some degree Squarespace. Then you have other mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools that you can use. So how does one get into this crowded field and still make some noise?

Well, to start with, you have to be different than the rest. You have to be able to meet a need that these platforms are not. At this point, that is very hard to do, but not impossible. There are developers all the time still trying to meet a need out there for those that want to share things on the web. I say all of this because today I am reviewing Marquee, which is a blogging platform that is just starting out. I have been able to use it for a bit, and I am trying to decide if it really stands out or not so that it can make itself successful. Let’s take a look at it more in depth and see.

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Blogging has changed. When the first blogging services started popping around ’98, most people used them as open diaries. Over time, blogs went further, and the concept of a diary fell apart. Still, they were still personal, but instead of carrying the events of our days, we now write opinions we believe are worth sharing (and some still use them as diaries — they’re just fewer and farther between). From diaries to opinion repositories, there’s one quality of blogs that’s never vanished: they’re personal.

Not only have bloggers reshaped their content, but the platforms have followed the transformation as well. From WordPress and Blogger to Tumblr and more, customization has always been an essential part of blogging. It’s like hanging pictures in your bedroom, making your space feel yours. Then came the digital magazines, like Svbtle and Medium, and theming became passé. Personality became lodged in the content. Now comes Roon, which abdicates most of the customization to leave place to what defines our generation: content.

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With the news of Tumblr being bought just this past week, there is renewed attention to other blogging platforms. Of course WordPress and Tumblr are two of the most recognized ones out there. But there are others that you may not have heard of or that are just not as popular.

For the past few days, I have gotten to play with a blogging platform that is a little different than some of the other options that are out there. If you are an Evernote user, like I am, then you are going to be intrigued by Postach.io. It harnesses the power of Evernote and lets you use it to create your blog posts. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and after taking it for a spin for a bit, I came away impressed. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Nowadays, it’s quite easy to launch a full-featured site without having to do much with code, thanks to the many advanced content management systems that you can use. You can launch a site in seconds on a hosted CMS or blog platform like WordPress.com or Tumblr, or you could make your own self-hosted site with the CMS of your choice with not much more trouble.

My first site, Techinch, started life a WordPress.com blog, but once it started getting some traction I moved it to a self-hosted WordPress install. 2 hosts and 3 major theme redesigns later, I’m now moving it to Kirby, an incredibly nice self-hosted plain-text powered CMS. Along the way, I’ve tried out more hosted and self-hosted blog platforms than I can even remember.

Moving a site to a new CMS can be a tedious process at best, but if you love trying out new web apps, you’ve surely gotten the itch to try out other CMSes. That’s why I was wondering if you’ve ever moved your site to a new CMS. Perhaps you’ve moved from one hosted platform like Tumblr to your own self-hosted WordPress, or perhaps you’ve taken a bigger leap and built your own CMS. We’d love to hear how you’ve moved your site around over the years in the comments below!

Pulse always stood out from the crowd – if it was a baby I bet it would have came out feet first. Just to be different. For the past couple of years it has been the primary news app on many of our phones. And unlike others it has never had a website – preferring instead to live on the screens of our mobile devices.

I guess this is why it developed such a good following. That, and its incredible design, functionality and user-friendly nature. Pulse has always been there when you need it. Looking hot and dishing out all the gossip it can find like a chatty girlfriend.

Today the developers have launched what they’re calling ‘Pulse for the Web’. A fully-loaded web version of the mobile application. “It wasn’t long until our users let us know that the problem we solved wasn’t confined to mobile devices”. They’re taking the great user experience we’ve all had on our handsets and blowing it up to desktop size. But does Pulse work on the ‘big screen’?
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There are many things that I share on the world wide web with my friends and other people that I may or may not know. I share things on Facebook, Twitter, pictures through Instagram, posts here on Web.AppStorm and iPhone.AppStorm. I am also sure that many of you have your variety of social sites that you share things to as well. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one place to go to get all of your status updates, pictures, videos and anything else that you share instead of having to visit four different sites?

Well, a new web application called RebelMouse gives you this opportunity and much more. It is right now in beta, so it can be a little rough around the edges at times, but it is a very cool service. Think of it as Tumblr meets Facebook and Twitter, sound interesting? Well, read on to learn more about this cool little app.

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Since 2003, WordPress has helped build and run over 72 million sites worldwide with their simple yet incredibly powerful platform. You can create a blog in minutes and fill it with the content you want, or you could spend hours finding the perfect theme and plugins to make your site work exactly the way you want. WordPress powers everything from  minimist blogs that focus on writing and photography to advanced sites that use it as full-featured CMS, and everything in-between.

With thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress, there’s likely dozens that you might like to use on your site but have never heard of. Our reader Ash Beardmore rounded up 10 of his favorite WordPress plugins that you might not have ever heard of. Whether you want to send email newsletters straight from WordPress, monitor file downloads from your site, or more, keep reading to see if these plugins are what your WordPress site is needing.

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Creating a website and a blog can be a lot of fun, and also a lot of work at times. There are some great resources out there to help you make quick blogs and websites, but the one thing that is wrong with them, is that you are expected to have a lot of posts or pictures which take up more than one page. What if you just want to post one thing and that is it? To go through all of the hassle of creating a website or blog is too much work for just one post.

This is where CheckThis can come in very handy. It takes blogging and creating a website and strips it down to its simplest form. CheckThis puts a whole new spin on making a web page and after playing with it for a bit, I can see how useful this web app can really be.

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WordPress has been the base of many people’s blogs for quite a while now. It offers many great features on a stable platform and is also very easy to operate. The best part is customization: there are thousands of WordPress themes and plugins to enhance your readers’ experience. You can make WordPress do almost anything.

The only problem with having so many themes is that they’re not all the best for everyone. There’s WordPress themes to fit every taste and style imaginable, but that means you might have to pick through dozens to find the one you want. Today, I’m going to give you some insight on 20 WordPress themes that are clean and beautifully designed, especially if you like simpler themes that emphasize your content.

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Community platforms are a great invention. Think of them as mini social networks where people can share information, comment on posts and connect to each other. Of course, we’ve already got sites such as Facebook and MySpace which will already do that for you but say you want a private area (for example within a company) then websites such as these can be a little open.

Unfortunately, if you’re not an absolute wiz-kid at web design, then creating a community platform from scratch can be a painstakingly long task. This is where Hoop.la comes in. It helps you design a community platform from scratch without any prior web design knowledge and makes creating and maintaining platforms a piece of cake.

This can be a real bonus for anyone, whether you are a small business holder or a club member and you’re wanting to create a platform for your other members. Hoop.la has plenty of in-built features so let’s dive straight in and take a look at them.

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