As if creative professionals already didn’t have their hands full managing their careers and keeping their work relevant, they also have to maintain strong online presences in order to be visible to clients. The first step in this direction is a website that introduces you and your work to the world – but who has the time to build and maintain sites these days?
The team behind 4ormat believes that you can do it yourself. Their app gives you the tools you need to create beautiful portfolio websites with ease, without having to know how to design or code. There’s a lot you can do with 4ormat and the results are stunning, so if you’re ready to take the plunge and put your work online for all to see, let’s take a look at how we can build our own site.
You’ve probably encountered a time when a service you want to use is unavailable, and it’s frustrating. In fact, just the other day I wanted to get in a little bit of Minecraft, but with their login servers down, it was impossible. Similar downtimes have crippled a number of popular services, making the most headlines when it’s something involving email. With generic failure messages, it’s difficult for the end user to diagnose: is it a problem on my end, or is it something I’m unable to solve?
Enter the status website. Lots of services have them, including Twitter, Google and Apple. They act as a destination for troubled users to head to in order to diagnose a problem, or check whether maintenance is in progress. While it’s something you can probably knock off yourself, OffsiteStatus is a simple, but useful, web app that generates a site status page to send your users to. Let’s see how it can make your life simpler by giving you a separate hosted service for letting your users know how your website’s working. (more…)
In this day and age, establishing your identity online is becoming almost as important as having a mobile phone. Whether you’re an individual looking to impress potential clients and employers, or a brand that wants to engage its audience on the web, an online profile is a must. Thankfully the web app industry has recognized this need and made a slew of services available to allow just about anyone to create websites and personal nameplates easily.
Sidengo is the latest player on this field and it comes armed with a secret weapon: the ability to embed your embed your sites anywhere. The app allows you to throw together a beautiful site in minutes with no coding knowledge required and can be run as is, placed on your Facebook page or within any widget that supports HTML code. Let’s build a site and find out how Sidengo works.
There’s a ton of great web development-oriented web apps out there, everything from in-browser image editing tools to full-fledged cloud IDEs. It’s evident that you don’t need a ton of expensive software to develop websites, and even a Chromebook can be turned into a great little web development machine.
Today we’re going to take a look at WebPutty, a CSS editor based in your browser, complete with previewing new styles on existing sites. WebPutty is a simple affair, allowing you to create a site and load it up in the editor with the CSS editor beside it. Here you can manipulate the styles in real-time, previewing them before exporting and publishing to your live site.
It’s no secret that I am a huge WordPress advocate. It’s full-featured, extendable, and super powerful. However, depending on the project it could be overkill. You need space and a database backend, and you’ll end up with a lot of features that some clients might not use. Especially if you’re making a site that won’t be updated often, most of WordPress’ features will go untouched.