Sponsor Love: Companies That Support Six Revisions

Aug 31 2010 by Jacob Gube | 7 Comments

It takes plenty of resources to bring you articles about design and development free of charge. Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to bring you top-notch content that you can enjoy and learn from.

Thankfully, we’re able to do all of this with the help of our sponsors who support our community — companies that also create amazing products and provide excellent services to web professionals like us.

We’d like to thank our site sponsors between July 1, 2010 – August 30, 2010 and talk a little bit about what they do.

As readers, you can support Six Revisions by checking them out and seeing if they have products and services that you can take advantage of.

1. Site5 Web Hosting

Site5 Web Hosting

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.

2. FreshBooks

FreshBooks

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.

3. Stackable.com

Stackable.com

Stackable is a relatively new VPS provider aimed at web application developers. For only $35 a month, you get 1TB of bandwidth, 256MB RAM, a DNS manager, and more. What’s great about Stackable is their 1-click scalability: At no cost, you can scale your VPS up if you’re expecting a lot of traffic (bursting it up to 16GB), or scale it down during idle times. Stackable can be your development and staging server to test new features before deployment, or it can be your production server. Stackable has a nice knowledge base filled with helpful tutorials and reference for VPS administration.

4. MailChimp

MailChimp

MailChimp is a web application for dealing with email marketing campaigns. Used by over 400,000 people, the application is loaded with useful features such as social media integration, a slick backend for managing your email campaigns, and even mobile apps for when you’re on the go. Developers get access to their robust API for creating apps and tools that leverage MailChimp’s web service.

5. Bigstock

Bigstock

Bigstock is a user-friendly marketplace for high-quality stock images. Started in 2004, they quickly grew to become one of the Web’s leading stock photo sites. Bigstock has over 5 million royalty-free photos organized in 27 intuitive categories. You can purchase stock photos for as low as $1 each. The way it works is you buy Bigstock credits to download only the stock photos you need, which starts from $15 for 5 credits.

6. Verio

Verio

Used by over 250,000 companies in 146 countries, Verio is one of the largest hosting providers for sites, applications and SaaS. They were named the Best Hosting Company of 2008 by HostingReviews.com. They have many hosting services such as small business website hosting, Microsoft Exchange email hosting, domain name registration and management services, dedicated servers on Linux or Windows, and more.

7. Shutterstock

Shutterstock

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!

8. Top 25 Web Hosts

Top 25 Web Hosts

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).

9. SiteGrinder 3

SiteGrinder 3

SiteGrinder 3 is a website development platform plugin for Photoshop. For web designers that have difficultly in coding and deploying websites, SiteGrinder 3 is a tool you may want to check out. You can expand SiteGrinder 3 through addons, including a Commerce add-on for building e-commerce-enabled websites.

10. PSD to HTML

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?

11. Formstack

Formstack

Formstack is a hosted web form app for developing contact forms, surveys, and more. What’s so great about Formstack is that they have integrated solutions for accepting payments, which makes the service awesome for receiving online payments, donations and managing event registrations. They have a slick form builder that can get you up and running in minutes, theming and embedding features so that you can seamlessly integrate your web forms into your existing site, the ability to brand the app so that you can provide it as a service to your own clients, and more.

12. ThemeForest

ThemeForest

ThemeForest is one of the web’s leading marketplaces for site templates and CMS themes. They offer close to 3,000 site templates and themes (starting from $1 each) for static HTML sites, HTML emails, WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and more. They also have a tumblr blog that covers topics in web design and web development.

13. Site24x7

Site24x7

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.

14. WORKetc

WORKetc

Worketc is an all-in-one app solution for project-based work. It’s a customer relationship management (CRM) system, it can handle your billings, sales, support, and can manage your project and timelines. If you’re sick and tired of juggling a myriad of apps to run your business, Worketc gives you an integrated solution.

15. eConnect

eConnect

eConnect is a web-based application for creating, managing, and sending email campaigns. It has an intuitive interface that gives you features such as reporting and analytics, the ability to create subscription web forms, and an API for making your own tools and apps. It has possible integration with other applications and services such as Salesforce. To get started, you can request for a personalized live demo of their product.

16. Concept Feedback

Concept Feedback

Concept Feedback is a community for getting and providing professional feedback for your designs. Filled with excellent and engaging game mechanics, Concept Feedback makes gathering constructive and useful critiques on your work really fun. It’s free to sign up and participate, and if you want a bit more than the average user, there are premium services available.

17. Intervals

Intervals

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.

18. SkyLedger

SkyLedger

SkyLedger is a user-friendly bookkeeping web app geared towards small and medium-sized businesses. SkyLedger takes pride in its "dead simple" user interface, which makes signing up and immediately getting started literally a 1-minute affair. Take a tour of the app or sign up for free.

19. B2Bee

B2Bee

B2Bee is a web-based app for invoicing, expense tracking, and profit reporting built with freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs, and other service providers in mind. The company is colorful — they contribute a part of your subscription fee to research aimed at saving the bees and post interesting videos and informative blog posts. Sign up for your 30-day free trial.

20. Sensational Jobs

Sensational Jobs

Sensational Jobs is a new job board for web professionals that’s quickly shaping up to becoming an industry leader. It has great features such as live search and an easy-to-use interface that job seekers and employers will love. Don’t forget to check out their Six Revisions giveaway for a chance to win an Apple Trackpad as well as to learn more about them.

21. CU3ER

CU3ER

CU3ER is a slick Flash 3D image slider that’s sure to impress your viewers. It has loads of features such as unique slide transitions, a JavaScript API for developers to be able to customize CU3ER, various user interface options for the end-user, and more. What’s more is that you can use CU3ER for free (and they have premium versions for those that need more features).

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in front-end development (JavaScript, HTML, CSS) and also a book author. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.

7 Comments

John G

August 31st, 2010

Thanks Jacob.

I’m a very satisfied Site5 user. Would definitely recommend. Much appreciate the list here. The only thing I can’t deal with it places like iStock and others that use the “credits” system which I consider to be a blatant and unfair cash grab.

Of course they need to make money, but you can almost never get the most out your credits. I don’t consider it to be fair so I don’t do business with these places, and urge others not to, as well.

Between them and “Template Clubs” I don’t know which one is worse…

Jacob Gube

August 31st, 2010

@John G: I used Site5 even before Six Revisions. The service — in my opinion — has been unbeatable when you consider their price point. A lot of my existing and prior clients are still on Site5.

I think credits versus subscriptions really depends on how often you will be using stock. I know someone who switched to the credit model simply because their company didn’t download enough stock per month to merit a subscription fee. It’s working out great so far, but the problem is that if in one month, they need a lot of stock, then they’ll obviously have to pay a lot more.

John G

August 31st, 2010

@Jacob. I do see what you’re saying. It must work out for many people, because it’s obviously a very popular and successful business model.

I’ve just never come across one of these systems yet where it really seems like I’m getting my money’s worth.

There’s always that little bit of unused credit left over that you can’t do anything with, unless you buy more credit -but you can’t just buy just any amount, it has to be in certain blocks, all of which are designed to leave you with unusable left over credit, that then EXPIRES in a year.

That’s why I usually just move on when I come across credits systems. Problem is, it’s getting more and more difficult to avoid…

Sam Kong

August 31st, 2010

Thanks Jacob.

Jacob Gube

August 31st, 2010

@Sam Kong: You’re welcome Sam.

@John G: Yeah, it’s tough, but I do still think the credits option is great for many people. Me for example, I might buy a few credits from Bigstock, a few from Shutterstock, and a few from Thinkstock to keep the variety flexible.

Another good idea, when it comes to credits, is to buy them only when you get billable projects that require X number of stock. So, say, you’re negotiating this mega-huge project and the specs is looking like they’ll need stock images, you quote with the price of the stock credits in mind. I think for a lot of situations, credits will be more cost-effective than subscription-based, but in others it’s vice-versa. Subscription-based are going to be more cost-effective to, for example, publishers (e.g. book companies, magazines, web publishers, etc.) since they know they’ll need a lot of stock per month.

CorelDraw fanatic

September 1st, 2010

gratz Jacob on having these advertisers :) … have to admit – i don’t use any of their services :/

keep sharing!
tx from the UK

Craig

September 2nd, 2010

Some great sponsors in here, and without them a lot of valuable content and resources would not be shared keep up the great work

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