Tint is a web servive which allows you to create very easily, and without any technical knowledge a web presence by aggregating, curating and displaying your favorite feeds, social media channels into an elegant visual layout.
Tint-created websites can be easily embedded into any existing web site or integrated into any CMS such as WordPress or Tumblr very easily.
Techcrunch reports: "In other words, Tint’s platform is designed to help brands create social hubs on top of their digital properties and, in turn, create a deeper level of engagement with their audiences...
...Businesses can link their Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and RSS feeds to their Tint accounts, whereupon the service auto-populates the page from those feeds, serving the social content in a river that is Pinterest-like in design."
Users can personalize their "tint" web pages by changing fonts, background colors, the headline, URL and image of each piece of content.
"Tint also allows you to choose the dimensions you want the embedded stream to be and the number of cascading columns you want to appear, automatically serving up the embed code."
All plans include one "tint" (one web page), the connection of 2 social accounts, mobile support and analytics.
Depending on the paid service plan you select, you can also have additional social accounts added, a white-label implementation, moderation/curation features, additional themes, Facebook Tab, support for events, hashtag moderation, full custom CSS support and more.
Free basic version available to everyone.
My comment: If you wanted an alternative to RebelMouse here it is. Just like its competitor it lets you display social media feeds from specific hashtags, social media channels and Pinterest boards, adding as a unique extra support also for YouTube channels.
Imgembed allows image creators to track where their images are being used and set permissions to every website using them. Users can use images for free by p...
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Imgembed allows web publishers and image creators to store, organize and to protect the use of their images by providing a system that makes it easy to find, utilize and reward image owners instantly.
Imgembed offers the opportunity to let others use your images for free by crediting and linking back to you or by paying by CPM for their usage.
The service also allows you to create your own image portoflio, to customize the display of your images, track where they are being displayed, add watermarks easily and set your own price for use.
Imgembed taps directly into your image collections inside Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Picasa allowing you to pick and select which images to make available to others. Finally it also acts as a free image search hub, making it very easy to find pictures that you can use immediately.
Free to use. (You pay a flat 30% fee on your rvenues).
In this article, we’ll look at some of the different wordpress theme options, and how to develop them, with tips on which approach might be most suitable for your website and circumstances.
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"If you’re starting out building WordPress themes or want to develop a system for building them more efficiently or robustly, how do you decide which approach to take?"
In this article by Rachel McCollin, you will find quite a bit of useful information describing how WordPress themes work and which are some of the different approaches available to developing them.
The options analyzed are:
Build a theme from scratch,
Edit (or “hack,” some might say) an existing theme,
Use the theme customizer to tweak an existing theme,
Create a child theme to make changes to an existing theme,
Create your own parent theme (using one of the approaches above) and child themes,
Use a theme framework.
Particularly interesting is the mention of the Wordpress theme customizer tool, which gives you the option to customize a theme without writing any code, simply by using a WYSIWYG interface. Check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD8v6u3noPg
Whether you are a small independent web publisher or a large organization publishing content on the web, you must be aware of the opportunities offered by Creative Commons licensing options when it comes to re-using video, images and content created by others.
This good infographic provides all of the general information and facts you need to know to get acquainted with CC licenses.
Sensei is a Wordpress plugin which allows you to publish courses and lessons as if they were normal articles, while havin the ability to integrate video clips, quizzes and tests, and pre-requisites to be satisfied before being able to access any course.
Inside Sensei, it is also possible to set a required percentage in order to pass – and mark the lesson as complete. Sensei also provides a detailed analysis of your courses content, the grades given, and of the registered students.
Finally, Sensei perfectly integrates with WooCommerce, making it possible to charge and accept payments for accessing any such Wordpress lessons.
TextMaster the expert community dedicated to quality copywriting, translation and proofreading of all your texts in over 8 languages!
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TextMaster is a crowdsourced copywriting, proofreading and text translation platform that can be utilized to obtain in a short time good quality texts on any topic assigned or translations of "original" contents you submit yourself.
TextMaster offers different three different levels of quality depending on whether you need just a basic editor or someone who is linguistically professional or even an expert in the specific topic area in which you need your content to be prepared.
Techcrunch writes: "TextMaster offers a platform for content creators to crowdsource their copywriting, translation and proofreading needs via its community of ‘professionals’ who have each gone through a quality vetting process and are paid per word.
We’ve previously described the service as a bit like Mechanical Turk but for a very specific niche.
TextMaster claims that 4,000 clients have used the service in its 12 months of operation, including AlloCiné, Cityrama, and Zagat, while its ‘crowd’ has grown to 35,000 copy editors, writers and translators who have processed “more than 12.5 million words.”
...TextMaster is available in eight languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese."
CTRL Search is a free semantic engine utility which allows you to generate automatically meta-tags, a text summary, and a set of news, video clips or images to be added as a complement to any post or article you are bout to publish.
The only thing you need to do to make CTRL-Search work is to copy and paste the reference content that will be used to generate the reference tags, summaries and related content and to select the features you want to use.
Pen.io is a free web-based app to publish content (both text and images) on the web in a matter of seconds, without the need to register or login.
Content can be published with extreme ease and anonimously if you wish so. Authorship (via Twitter or email) is not mandatory.
There are a handful of basic "themes" determining the background color and the font style to be used. For the rest you just click on "Create a new page" and you are ready to type whatever you need to get published on the web instantly.
Pen.io also provides a very simple markup stile language that can be used to format further your pen.io based publications.
Pen.io pages can be password-protected and authors can also customize their URLs.
Edicy is a web-building app that allows anyone, to create a good looking web site without needing to know any HTML code.
The service (which offers also a free version), is similar to Wix, Weebly and the many other web-building tools created for non-technical people while providing some innovative solutions to allow in-line editing of any element and to make adding new content on the page a trivial step.
In particular, Edicy provides a set of cleanly pre-designed templates that can be applied to any web site you have created in one-click, as well as integrated domain registration and assignment, the ability to create and embed forms, to create multiple language versions of the site and to have password protected areas.
I am impressed with the ease that Edicy provides in this tool, but I am still convinced that the greatest potential for making these type of tools really effective is investing in building a first-class template gallery with more variety, and specific application / use designs. What is generally available now it is just pretty but it has little or no affinity with specific onòine communication and design needs (such as having a subscription page, a product promotion page, a report page, a landing, etc.).
Robin Good: Pi.pe is a cloud-based digital media transfer and migration service which allows you to easily migrate, backup, share or print any number of digital media files between many social media services such as Facebook Profiles and FB Pages, Picasa, Flickr, Google Drive, Dropbox, Shutterfly, CX, Box, Instagram, Photobucket, MySpace, Smugmug, and many more.
You can transfer whole albums or individual files and can modify title, description and tags for each file if you want to.
Robin Good: Shanti is a web app which makes it easy to create and generate embedding-code for a number of visual, graphical and data-driven outputs such as video, charts, maps, timelines and more.
In other words, "SHIVA is a web application that provides a simple and consistent interface to open source and open access tools on the web, such as Google's Visualization Toolkit and Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, and Kaltura videos, the SIMILE timeline from MIT, and images from ARTstor, Flickr, and Picasa."
"The data that drives the charts and timelines can come directly from Google Doc's online spreadsheets, facilitating collaboration between multiple contributors. The maps can have any number of overlays, including markers, images, such as historical photos, and online KML GIS files for more involved geographic information."
There is also the option to add an "annotation layer" to any of the embeddable objects generated.
"The annotation layer will enable the creating and sharing of hand-drawn and graphical annotations to be overlayed atop any of the elements, offering new narrative and communication opportunities that support inquiry."
SHIVA was developed at the University of Virginia's Science, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI).
Robin Good: Striking.ly is a new one-page website builder that picks up on the footsteps of Unbounce (without the fancy techy elements), Smore (while being more elegant and web-like), Jux and Imcreator by offering a very-easy to use one-page builder that makes it hard for anyone to create anything looking amateurish.
Striking.ly strikes the right chord for all those non-techie individuals who have great desire to start something on the web, but get discouraged by the complexity and technical know-how required to produce something that looks "professional".
By providing a set of well designed templates, that the user can edit without destrying them, Striking.ly offers a much easier path to a professional-looking web presence than most other, non-HTML-based website builder can provide.
With a free account you can create two one-pagers, and an use "some" of the templates available. By spending $10 to $16/mo you can create many more one-pagers, map them to your domain, and have access to analytics (plus Premium Support and more storage and bandwidth).
ReadyMag is a designer's dream interactive web publishing tool, allowing for the creation of digital magazines where the designer talents can be expressed without resistance.
The ReadyMag Constructor is in fact a wonderful set of real-time interactive widgets that facilitate to the maximum the design of a page layout, and the integration and formatting of relevant content, be it text, images or video clips.
ReadyMag Constructor provides precise control on all of the page design variables while providing a super cool and highly discrete set of widgets to manage them.
The final magazine can be watched on any browser in full screen, and in more than one fashion.
Final publications can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, and/or embedded directly into any web site or blog and are fully compatible with any screen-size or device.
In a future release, authors that publish their digital magazine through ReadyMag will also have the opportunity to charge for subscriptions.
My comment: Gorgeous interface, app architecture and widgets design. The final publication results can be quite impressive, though I would love to see as much innovation and slickness as offered in the "backed" UI, also in the display and delivery modes offered (which instead tend to follow pretty used up, though familiar, consumption modes).
If you are a designer, you MUST try this tool out.
Aircus is a web publishing service which allows you to create, edit and publish a professional looking one-page web site or landing page without needing to know any HTML code and without needing to have any design skills.
Once you are registered and logged into Aircus you can easily add pre-designed content modules into your web page, and fill them with specific information or images. These modules can be easily sorted in any way you want.
An aircus web site grows as long as you need it to be as you can keep adding new content modules to it. These may include (among others):
To make navigation easy you can also add at any point of your page a navigable menu which allows visitors to jump to any part of the page.
There are a few alternative "themes available" and you can select among different color schemes on some of them. You have no other control on fonts, text size, color and other styling elements, which I think - once given some good templates - a good thing to have.
Aircus web sites can be mapped to your own domain (for a fee) and are all fully responsive, meaning that they can be visualized properly on all kinds of devices from computer desktops to smartphones.
If you are a restaurant owner looking for an alternative solution to hiring a web designer or an agency to create your own professional-looking website, here is a solution I personally recommend to look at.
RestaurantEngine is a turnkey publishing solution which integrates highly professional website designs that are ready to be edited, with dedicated features and integrations (reservations, menu, reviews, etc.) with other services that are designed to satisfy the restaurant web site visitors.
In other words this is a solution that can guarantee to anyone that has no technical or design skills to put together a very elegant and effective restaurant web site, which can be maintained and updated entirely by its owner, in a matter of hours/days instead of days/weeks.
RestaurantEngine works with WordPress.
For a $99 one-time fee there is also the opportunity to have the RestaurantEngine team take up all of your ready-made contents and set up the whole web site for you without you moving a finger.
Liveblog Pro is the best tool for liveblogging the news. It's fast, reliable, and easy to use.
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If you are looking for a service that allows you to report in real-time, with no no limits of contents or space, and with the ability to integrate not just text, images and video but also real-time contributions from social media, promptly formatted for maximum engagement, you need to check out LiveBlog Pro.
LiveBlog Pro is a full publishing platform for real-time blogs not a WordPress plugin. In the paid version, a white-label option allows you to turn off LiveBlog Pro official logo and to replace it with yours, you can have multiple contributors and you can embed your live blog on any web site.
There is a free basic version available to everyone.
Robin Good: Few people today are aware of how much scientific knowledge is being restricted and not made accessible to everyone, thanks to existing business model and the exorbitant subscription prices that scientific journals and magazines charge to their subscribers.
Since such journals are the key medium through which scientists can get their work published and distributed widely, the least accessible are these journals, the greater the amount of people who will not be able to read what such research documents contain.
Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen provide an in-depth explanation of why "open access" in the case of scientific papers is so critical for our future.
Robin Good: If you are looking for a fast and easy solution to your file conversion needs, whether you have a video clip, an audio file, an image or an ebook, you may want to give a look to Online-Convert, an online service which allows you to convert a great number of file types.
Online-Convert is free for files up to 100MB in size.
Robin Good: Interesting take on what is transforming the web publishing world by looking at key trends and new tools recently released. Richard McManus takes you on a short but informative ride of "the norms of publishing [which] are being challenged".