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Squarespace is one of the easiest and most elegant ways to create websites for your web design clients. It’s a fully hosted solution, and is a flexible and robust platform to deploy your work on. You can try Squarespace for free by signing up (it’ll only take a few seconds of your time).
Site5 is a web hosting provider catering to the needs of web designers. They have several plans starting from shared hosting at $4.95 a month to dedicated servers at $165 a month. If you are on another web host and would like to move to Site5, they offer a free website migration service handled by their expert migration admins. Only a few hosts can reconcile excellent uptime, features, and support with dirt-cheap prices — Site5 is one of them.
TopHosts.com is a complete web hosting resource, providing site owners tools and information about the hosting industry. Founded in 1997, TopHosts.com has been around for a quite a while! They provide a forum as a venue to bring people together to discuss web hosting, as well as a Top 25 Web Hosts list that highlights top-notch hosting providers in various categories (such as Best Customer Support and Best Shared Host).
Site24x7 is an application for monitoring your website and web servers. It logs, records, and watches out for website uptime issues, website performance issues, DNS records, and much more. Site24x7 has an iPhone version so that you can keep yourself clued in to the status of your web properties even when you’re located remotely. Developers will gain access to their API for creating custom tools and apps that utilize Site24x7′s service.
5. Zoho Invoice
Zoho Invoice is a web-based invoicing application for managing payments for your projects. With Zoho Invoice, you can view reports of your expenses and revenue to keep a constant monitor of your financial health, avail of their sharing/collaborative features, and invoice in multiple currencies (which is great for web-based entrepreneurs who do business across the globe). Sign up for Zoho Invoice (it’ll only take less than 30 seconds).
PageLines is a WordPress development company geared towards catering to professionals. They just launched the PlatformPro WordPress Framework (check out the demo), which is a drag-and-drop theme framework for easily creating your own awesome themes. Check out the WordPress themes they currently have in available.
7. PC Pandora
PC Pandora is a computer security tool that records the activities in the computer that it’s installed in. It can be helpful in protecting your business computers from being compromised. Download a free trial version of it to see it in action.
Intervals aims to simplify and streamline project management by creating an all-in-one web-based solution for management duties that have traditionally required multiple apps. Intervals have plans starting at a reasonably priced $20/month and signing up and trying out the service doesn’t need a credit card, making it convenient and risk-free to give them a whirl.
This Mac OS X app is perfect for professionals that need to track their time. It has a user-friendly interface, tight integration with 37 Signals’ Basecamp, tracks idle times in case you need to step away from the computer and forget to turn off the time-tracking, and more. Try out TrackRecord by downloading their 14-day free trial or buy it now for $20.
Adobe Business Catalyst (abbreviated as BC) is complete online business platform for amazing websites and online stores. You can build powerful sites without the need to know backend code, which the platform does all for you. Check out the tour to learn more about the platform to help you evaluate if this is a great solution for your next project, and sign up for free in seconds (literally, they’ve timed it) to take the platform for a test drive.
This nifty tool aimed at businesses helps you create awesome Facebook Pages. With FaceItPages, a do-it-yourself design tool, you can use custom photos, choose from a selection of their design themes, and publish your work as a Facebook Page tab. If you’d like to give them a try, they have a free Starter plan that you can sign up for.
12. Sprout Social
Sprout Social is a social media engagement tool that’s great for businesses as well as individuals. It makes monitoring your social networks a breeze within its intuitive and beautiful web interface. Check out its features by signing up for a free trial.
FreshBooks is a web-based application for sending, managing, and tracking your invoices. It has a wonderful interface that makes it a cinch to produce invoices that you send to your clients. They have over 1 million users and were able to conduct $1 billion woorth of transactions in just 4 months — a testament to the excellence of the app.
BannerSnack is one of the wonderful web apps that’s included in SnackTools. It’s a banner maker for creating professional-level web banners quickly and easily. You can create GIF and Flash animated banners. You can make banners with BannerSnack for free (the registration is hassle-free, you can securely use Facebook, Twitter, Google authentication, etc. to register).
15. PSD to HTML
PSD to HTML offers Photoshop file to HTML/CSS template conversions for web designers wanting to focus on just design and have someone else deal with all the coding. Their packages are reasonably priced, starting from $149. And we all know how much of a pain making HTML email templates are. Why subject yourself to all that frustration when you can have PSD to HTML code it up for you?
16. SiteGrinder 3
SiteGrinder 3 is a Photoshop plugin that will convert your Photoshop PSD files into HTML/CSS web page templates. It’s, according to the creators, your "website development business in a box." Download the free trial of SiteGrinder 3 to see it in action.
With over 30 years of experience in delivering innovative and immersive education at their Florida campus, Full Sail University offers online degrees that continue their reputation as one of the world’s premier media arts schools. In their online Web Design & Development Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll learn the latest software and programming languages, explore design fundamentals, and produce web and mobile sites — ultimately building a digital portfolio to help propel you into the industry.
Shutterstock is one of the biggest stock image sites with over 12 million royalty-free photos. They have monthly subscription plans or the option for on-demand subscriptions to their images (such as 5 high-resolution photos for $49). They have over 240,000 photographers contributing stock photos to their marketplace, and they add close to 80,000 new photos per week!
Giveaway Sponsors: March 2011
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- Next Day Flyers – Giveaway: 100 Postcards from Next Day Flyers
- SnackTools – Giveaway: 10 SnackTools VIP Memberships for 1 Year
- PhotoEQ – Giveaway: 10 PhotoEQ Image Editing Software Licenses
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