Not everyone wants to hire a company or avid programmer to make their website for them. Some of us would rather tackle it as DIY project, whether merely for the challenge, or simply because we can’t pony up the cash necessary to hire a fully-fledged professional. Choosing among the best website builders isn’t easy though. The features can be varied, and the pricing structure complex.To help you figure out which is the best website builder for you, we’ve put together a regularly updated list of our favorites to walk you through finding the right one. Keep in mind nearly every free website builder on our list also offers a set of premium packages, many of which include expanded storage and bandwidth, as well as features often lacking from their freemium counterparts. The premium plans also remove unwanted ads on your page and the subdomain housed in your website URL, which is a must if you’re breaking into a professional field.In most … [Read more...] about Want to build your own site? These are the best website builders to do it with
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Etsy’s just made it easier for its sellers to build their own custom websites with the launch of a new tool called Pattern.The feature comes in response to seller requests for such a service, according to the online crafts marketplace.“We know from our research that more than a third of Etsy sellers are interested in opening a commerce site of their own, but many have found the process to set up and maintain a custom site too difficult,” Etsy’s Mike Grishaver said in a post announcing Pattern.Related Offer: Shop for artisan goods with Amazon HandmadeGrishaver said that until now merely launching a custom website could be a complex and frustrating experience for Etsy sellers, “from finding a domain and host, to setting up a site, to loading all of their content, to adding and managing inventory.” And once it’s up and running, there are still plenty of challenges, as sellers must “make sure their inventory stays synced across two … [Read more...] about Etsy launches build-your-own-website tool geared toward sellers
Google’s Project Ara generated a lot of buzz when news of it first broke, and for good reason. The idea of a modular, upgradeable smartphone base you’d buy once and keep for years sounded promising. The product, however, has encountered real-world constraints which have restricted it to a niche appeal, and the pilot run is now limited to specialized vendors in Puerto Rico.This less-than-encouraging history has not dissuaded other companies from taking up the modular mantle. Enter ImasD Technologies, a Spain-based firm that plans to launch a tablet with interchangeable components later this year.Another set of cores intended to launch before the end of this year will offer up a broader selection.The tablet, dubbed the “Click-ARM” (with the acronym standing for “Advanced Removable Modules”), operates on the same principle as does Project Ara; it’s an inexpensive base with slots for hardware modules. Of course, no working … [Read more...] about Build your own tablet: Spanish company ImasD promises click-together parts
The Linux OS lacks an effective yet simple checking and banking tool.There are money-management tools for Linux users, of course, but most full-fledged offerings are overkill for monitoring spending patterns and balancing financial accounts. In general, Linux financial applications are either too complex to use without an accounting degree or too simple to be truly useful.For years I avoided confronting this problem. I tolerated a commercial Windows program -- AceMoney by MechCAD Software -- running in Wine to fill the void. I brought it with me as must-have software years ago when I made the leap from messing around with the Linux OS to adopting it full-time on all of my computers.Wine evolved, however, and my various Linux distros progressed. The results produced a series of performance failures with the aging Windows program version I imported all those years ago. Eventually, it was time to buy a current version of the financial tracking software or replace it with a Wine-less open … [Read more...] about Build Your Own Simple Linux Banking Tool
Gaming desktops come in all shapes and sizes. From the pint-sized powerhouses to the giant machines built for storage and stability, there are too many ways to put it all together, and while some choices are wacky, few are outright wrong, if they fit the user. Which brings us to our weekly reader poll. When it comes to gaming desktops, do you like to build your own, pick one up off the shelf, or pay a bit more for something custom-tailored for you and assembled by a professional?The first option is the most technical, but can also be the most rewarding. Building your own system requires picking out the parts, shopping for the best deals, learning how to put everything in the right place, and troubleshooting any issues that may arise. The upshots are plentiful. You’ll get a way better deal, learn about the components inside a system, and at the end of it all, you’ll have a system tailor made just for whatever your needs may be, with an appropriate power level for your … [Read more...] about Reader Poll: Build your own gaming desktop, or let someone else take care of it?
Custom Web and mobile apps, once the exclusive purview of large companies with vast resources, have become a common hallmark of successful small and midsized businesses. Externally, apps can offer deeper engagement with customers through online and mobile access to useful tools and information. Internally, they can help workers communicate more effectively with highly customized real-time data on their desktop and mobile screens. But reaching the promised land of apps and money can be daunting, and not every app development adventure ends in success.If you want to put a custom app to work for your business, you'll first need to make one critical decision: Should you outsource it, or try coding it in-house? This decision is so fundamental that many people overlook it entirely without even realizing they have options here. And failing to consider it carefully can cost your company dearly in both opportunities and money. We'll examine some of the most significant factors to help you make … [Read more...] about DIY dev: Should you build your own app?
Creating content online and getting your message out into the world is easier than ever before. You can find many tools that let you create beautiful websites, both personal and business-oriented, without writing a single line of code. And if you're already using simple Web design tools, you may be able to take your projects to the next level with some of the more advanced developer tools I cover below.To find all the downloads in one handy list, see our "Create or Improve Your Own Websites With These Great Tools" collection. Build Personal WebsitesIf you're just starting out creating content online, you may want to limit yourself to designing a personal page or website. One of the best ways to do this is to use a service called Flavors.me. The tools in Flavors.me let you assemble a personal webpage sporting a large, visually striking photographic background, and they can pull in feeds of your activity across the Web. For example, you could present material from Facebook, from your … [Read more...] about Create Or Improve Your Own Websites Using These Great Tools
Voice and natural language systems are an important step toward making our digital servants serve us on our terms. We went from punch cards to green screens to GUIs and eventually to touch-based, palm-sized, location- and context-sensitive computers in the form of smartphones (not to mention those annoying smart-car panels). Now we have Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Assistant answer our needs.To build voice and natural language capabilities into your own applications, you have several cloud options. For Alexa, you can tap into an open API at no apparent cost beyond AWS charges; the same goes for Google, although the Google Cloud site is as clear as mud on this point. Microsoft even lets you reuse your Alexa skills package with Cortana. For Apple, there’s an API, along with the $99 cost of becoming an Apple Developer and publishing an iOS app.But why lock yourself into Amazon’s or Apple’s or … [Read more...] about How to build your own Alexa-like personal assistant
This summer GeekTech told you about a cool felt tip printer, which was made out of Lego bricks. Now another hacker has come up with an even more advanced Lego printer, using a three Mindstorm NXT bricks and nine NXT motors. A 3D Lego printer!The printer, dubbed the MakerLegoBot, is made from a giant 2400 Lego bricks and uses a Java application. You submit a MLCAD file (that's Mike's Lego Computer-Aided Design) of what you want to "print" to the Java application, and it will convert the file into something the printer can build (out of Lego, of course). The instructions are sent via USB.The printer base rotates in order to build the file layer by layer and make objects up to 12 bricks tall. The big grey wall on the back is for storing all its bricks, ready for building. It works with 1x2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, and 8x2 Lego bricks so far.The BattleBricks creator also points out that it took so many bricks to complete this project that he ran out at one point (the good people of Lego sent him a … [Read more...] about Want a 3D Printer? Build Your Own With Lego
In the past few years, website building software services have grown in ease and quality, and it's now possible to make a simple, inexpensive business website by yourself. However, even the best website creation program alone cannot guarantee an excellent business website.As a designer, you need to know the basics of building a good website and the common mistakes to avoid. Below, professional website creators give their tips for avoiding the four biggest mistakes of modern website design.Consumers increasingly use their mobile devices to search for businesses and comparison shop. Most website design software templates are now mobile responsive, meaning the template adapts to the size of the screen it is being viewed on, whether for a smartphone, tablet or desktop. However, simply having a slightly streamlined version of your full website may not be enough to meet visitors' expectations.As you plan your website to follow a customer's thought (or purchase) process, consider how it … [Read more...] about Building Your Own Business Website? 4 Mistakes to Avoid