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Previously, a post at WRD had shared the 9 well-known and free forum softwares.

Here is a fresh alternative named esoTalk, which focuses on removing the complexity of forum apps with a simple + modern interface and functionality.

esoTalk

It is built with PHP-MySQL, includes the main features a forum would need and has a plugin system for extending it more.

esoTalk is still in the early stages of its development, not as feature-rich as many other alternatives. But, maybe, something simpler is what you are looking for.

If you are an ASP.NET developer, you already know that there are not too many choices when it comes to finding an open source CMS application.

SageFrame is a good alternative for any looking for such a solution. It is a feature-rich and open source content management system, built with ASP.NET, to create websites easily.

The application enables users to customize/update the websites while browsing by simply interacting with the editable modules.

SageFrame

There is a good-looking admin panel to customize everything; including changing the site design by drag 'n' dropping the locations of the modules, defining new menu items or improving the SEO-friendliness.

SageFrame is modular, it can be extended with modules where you can choose to create them or download the ready-to-use ones.

Wix LogoWix, the widely-used online website builder which is known with its Flash-based platform, has launched a HTML5 version.

The new website builder is now compatible with the majority of browsers, works on mobile too and loads much faster.

It is a well-designed/planned product where a basic computer user can't go wrong with anything and a designer feels the flexibility it provides.

Wix HTML5 Site Builder - Settings

There are 50+ ready-to-use templates (with multiple color palettes each) to choose from where you can use them as a base or build a website from scratch.

The websites are created/updated while browsing. You can select any element, edit them or add new items like content, images, videos.. anything.

Wix's HTML5 platform is completely drag 'n' drop enabled where you can move elements easily or copy/cut-paste them using the keyboard to work faster.

Wix HTML5 Site Builder - Color palette

It allows creating new pages and adding components like a gallery, social widgets, good-looking buttons, contact forms, maps, Flickr gallery and much more.

Although things are very straightforward, the steps and menus are pretty guiding and you never get lost or confused.

Creating a website with Wix is free and premium features (like using a custom domain or analytics support) requires a premium account.

How to join the giveaway?

Wix is giving away 3 annual "Combo" planned account upgrades ($99/year value) to WRD readers.

If you want to create HTML Websites throughout the piece, join the giveaway you can choose one of the methods below or do both to increase your chances:

Winners will be selected randomly on 3 April 2012 (1 week later). Good luck to all.

The winners

Here are the winners:

  • @zwitserland
  • Soku Massimo (comment #549310)
  • Ana María Catillo (comment #546208)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining.

Centurion is an open source application which is both a fully-functional CMS and a base/framework for building project-specific content management/admin systems.

It is built on top of Zend and comes with features like user/comment/navigation management, social sign-in, internal search and more besides the handling of content.

A single installation can control multiple sites and the sites can have multiple languages.

Centurion

Centurion comes with an intuitive datagrid that works with any types of custom data and has capabilities like smart filtering, easy search, sorting, paging, ordering and bulk handling.

For creating + editing data, a powerful form module exists which you can create a form with your own data model. It has built-in components like rich text editor, multi select, switcher, multi upload, datepicker, error messages.

There are also many other re-usable components that will ease creating such a CMS system including caching, file handling, feed generation, lazy loading and much more.

Im Creator LogoFor anyone with design and HTML/CSS development expertise, creating a website from scratch is all about creativity as, usually, there is no technology to get stuck at.

However, for designers (and non-designers) without HTML/CSS experience, converting a design into a fully-functional website is pretty hard.

IM-Creator is a drag 'n' drop website creator that eases the process of building a HTML website so easy. And, they are giving away 3 "lifetime" licenses to WRD readers.

IM Creator Editor

The application has a set of ready-to-use and stylish templates to choose from where they can be used as a base and customized with custom images + content just by selecting /editing each item.

Another option is to start with a blank page which is the way to go if you have a JPG/PNG mockup and want to slice + position each item accordingly.

Here are some of the templates offered (click each to preview):

Im Creator Template 1Im Creator - Template 2

Im Creator Template 3Im Creator Template 4

Im Creator Template 5IM Creator Template 6

There are lots of elements that can be inserted into web pages like images, videos, image galleries, slideshows or contact forms.

Also, various widgets can be instantly integrated including Twitter feeds, Google Maps, SoundCloud, Tumblr blogs and more.

If you are not a web designer and/or prejudiced on web-based website creators, give IM-Creator a chance and you'll probably be impressed with the simplicity.

How to join the giveaway?

In order to win one of the "lifetime" licenses (normally priced: $95/annual), just comment to this post and winners will be selected with the query below randomly on 21 Feb 2012 (1 week later).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=2829 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to everyone.

The winners

Here are the lucky WRD readers:

  • Ali DHIBI (comment #517562)
  • chris (comment #516825)
  • Paul Becker (comment #517111)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining.

Squarespace is a hosted content management system that empowers website owners and designers with tools to build websites (business, blogs, portfolio..) easily while removing the most annoying parts of the process.

First of all, there are lots of professionally designed templates (with each template having various style variants) to choose from which can be used "as is" or updated completely to suit your needs.

Websites are created, edited and managed while browsing them. With the help of an in-site editor, editing everything and adding new content (with images, videos, etc.) is a breeze.

Squarespace Editor

And, if you already have a website built with one of the well-known blogging systems like WordPress, Blogger, MovableType or TypePad, Squarespace can import all the content (with comments) into your new website.

There are powerful widgets that can be inserted into any part of the web pages with few clicks. Some of these widgets are: site search, tag cloud, custom forms, links to social network accounts and much more.

Actually, social network integration deserves more words as it is possible to display latest tweets from your Twitter, images from Flickr or items from RSS feeds.

Squarespace Social Widgets

For photographers or anyone to showcase their portfolio, customizable photo galleries with Lightbox integration, hover effects and auto-image-resizing make sure the output is easily manageable and charming.

There is a built-in analytics engine that informs website owners with the most important metrics like visitors/pageviews, keywords, referrers, latest activity and more.

In order to manage a Squarespace website, you don't even have to be online with a desktop as, thanks to its iPhone, iPad and Android applications, the websites can be under control anytime, anywhere.

Squarespace Mobile Apps

And, the complete platform is hosted in a high-quality cloud system which ensures that the website can handle any traffic and uptime is something not to worry about.

This website builder has different pricing plans that meets the requirements of standard-to-advanced systems and it can be tried free for 14 days.

As a note to web designers and agencies, multiple Squarespace websites can be controlled under the same account and there are discounts offered for such usage.

Info: This is a review of a paid application.

Many internet users are storing their images on photo sharing/hosting services like Flickr, SmugMug or Picasa to make sure they are easily reachable and backed up regularly.

OpenPhoto is an open source PHP application that encourages users to host their images in the cloud (Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, Google Storage, etc.) on their own and functions as a front-end to manage + present them.

OpenPhoto

This way, images stay totally under control of users, switching providers become much easier and users won't be limited with the capabilities offered by photo sharing/hosting services.

The front-end has a simplistic interface where photos are displayed as a grid, categorized with tags and searched easily. It is also mobile-friendly and has theming support.

OpenPhoto itself is built on top of the powerful API which makes it possible to improve it or integrate photos with any other apps.

Fork is an open source content management system that offers a user-friendly environment for building and managing a website.

It is built with PHP (uses Spoon)-MySQL and there are various mature extensions offered like a form builder, blogging, location, analytics (integrates with Google Analytics) or newsletter.

Fork CMS

A few number of high-quality themes are offered for free to easily get started and also learn how it integrates with HTML.

Fork is definitely not as feature-rich as WordPress or other popular alternatives but it is lightweight, promising and improved regularly.

BaseKit LogoBaseKit, a powerful yet easy-to-use application for building websites online, is giving away 3 Business Packages (1 year term) to WRD readers.

In order to find out more about the stuff in the package and to join this giveaway, make sure you check the bottom of this article.

What is BaseKit?

Creating websites over the web is not something new. But, if you used such tools in the past, you should have experienced that there are usually too many limits forcing users to build websites in a fixed way.

BaseKit comes with a better approach that is flexible on every level and allows users to customize every part of the website but still keeping everything integrated. And, making it simpler for many.

BaseKit Interface

There are 100+ templates (personal and business websites) to choose from with each having lots of ready-to-use color variations which functions as a base for the website and it can be customized/improved as you wish.

The websites are created with a slick drag 'n' drop interface which functions as a true WYSIWYG editor, things look exactly as the output, no surprises.

BaseKit has an impressive set of widgets that can be inserted into web pages. Besides inserting text, images and video, it is possible to place a Google Maps map, in-site search, sitemap, image carousel or commenting into any page with a click.

That's not all, a form builder helps creating any type of custom forms and collecting information. And, social widgets make sure the website is connected with your social profiles with the ability to display Twitter timeline, Flickr photos or RSS feeds (there are "Tweet This" and Facebook "Like" buttons too).

If you need further customization, it lets you to insert site-wide or page-specific scripts and edit the whole HTML-CSS.

BaseKit Widgets

BaseKit is an all-in-one package for creating a website meaning it handles hosting and domain management (optional) for you.

Also, one account can control many websites (which is great for web agencies or people with multiple websites) and multiple users can work on the same account. And, it has a multilanguage interface that supports various languages by default.

How to win the licenses?

BaseKit is giving away 3 Business Packages ($168 value/each) which includes:

  • Unlimited access to our website builder
  • Amazon S3 Hosting
  • 1 Free Domain
  • E-commerce (Google Check-Out) integration
  • £30 Google Adwords voucher
  • Premium Support

In order to get a chance to win one of them, simply comment to this article and winners will be selected randomly with the query below on 19 September 2011 (a week later):

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=2459 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck!

FOAF (an acronym of Friend of a friend) is a machine-readable ontology describing persons, their activities and their relations to other people and objects. Anyone can use FOAF to describe him or herself. FOAF allows groups of people to describe social networks without the need for a centralised database (via Wikipedia).

Foafpress is an open source PHP web application and presentation engine for RDF data stored in files.

It makes aggregating and publishing data from multiple web sources via Linked Data possible.

Foafpress

The application can read RDFXML, Turtle + N-Triple files and supports automatic content negotiation, currently for RDFXML, Turtle, N-Triple, HTML and RSS.

There are ready-to-use templates and controllers for foaf:Person and foaf:Group.

It can create a merged activity stream from Atom/RSS feed resources, render Twitter and Identi.ca statuses including @account, URLs and #hashtag links and has icons for ~35 social websites (like Twitter, Youtube, Facebook).

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