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The internet’s come a really long way over the past few years, especially for webmasters and developers. In terms of web hosting in particular, it’s progressed from WYSIWYG website builders to shared hosting to fully-fledged dedicated servers being used and run by those creating the sites. In short, we’ve seen a massive progression in the way in which we web developers prepare our websites for the users.

Over the past couple of years, ‘the cloud’ has become a more commonplace term and developers are quickly migrating to these smart cloud hosting platforms (the stuff that the cloud really is) to ensure that their websites are protected against massive spikes in traffic and popularity of their websites. Apps like Heroku have meant that Rails developers have a way of ensuring that this isn’t a problem, but if you’re one of the many PHP developers looking to take advantage, you’ll find that the available providers of cloud hosting are limited and it’s incredibly hard to find one that manages everything in a user-friendly way.

In this review, I’ll be taking a look at Pagoda Box – an app that I believe does cloud hosting right. Packed with some incredible tools and a beautiful interface to boot, it can be a very interesting addition to any developer’s toolbelt. Interested? Read on to find out more about this rare gem.


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.

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 Pipeno Platform. Here’s how the developer has described Pipeno Platform. We challenged ourselves to build a technology-enabled business model for niche publishers that made publishing fun but also aggregated every possible monetization method that the Internet allowed, including premium content sales (subscriptions, e-books), virtual-goods sales, affiliate sales, classifieds, e-commerce, events, and surveys.

Read on for more information and screenshots!