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Personal Website Community Builder

Published 08/11/2014 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is a bookmarking tool that lets users create a personalized listing of sites that they can save and/or share. Users can choose a specific homepage or a set of homepages that they use as a personal homepage. A unique “website community” can be built based on the user’s preferred sites and kept private or shared with others. A demo page is available so users can see how their future homepage will look before setting it. Categories are also included so users can organize sites and apply keyword tags and more to better identify content. Site screenshotting is included so users can get thumbnails and bigger images as they need them. Users should note that the screenshot technology is still a work in progress and may not function properly all the time on all devices. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? hasn’t received much attention on the web as of yet. The application still has a few kinks to work out. It is also entering into a category of apps that is already pretty well saturated. It may be difficult to convince some users to switch. offers some appealing features, although not all are working up to expectations. Future fixes will help make more appealing to internet users.

What are the differences to other apps? is unique because it takes basic bookmarking and gives it more purpose. Users can build a sharable collection of websites. This opens up the possibilities to create a themed list, interest-based list or a single hub that a user can use as a main point of contact that includes their blog, websites and social networks. The ability to set private or public viewing options is also a nice touch.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? utilizes a simple layout that may be a little confusing to the new user. Text is very limited and the user is presented with a collection of sites and a scrolling banner of information on the application that is not immediately noticeable. The service is relatively simple so most users should be able to figure out what it is and how to use it, but more instruction and information could be added to help newcomers discover the service before they decide to move on.

How does the registration process work?

New users can try by filling out the registration form along the right hand side of the homepage. Buttons are also available for users who prefer to sign in with Facebook or Twitter. After clicking “register” above the form, the user is asked to supply a display name, email address and password then complete a Captcha code. The user is automatically logged into their new account.

What does it cost to use the application? is available to all users at no cost. New users are given access to a basic free account which includes up to 9 webpage links per site community and up to five communities. Users can also choose to upgrade to an Unlimited account which removes restrictions and costs .90 cents for 1 month, $2.30 for 3 months, $3.90 for 6 months and $6.50 for a full year.

Who would you recommend the application to? is a bit of a mixed bag. The application still has a few flaws and there is little in the way of explanation for new users. A free account is available, but seems very limited considering this is really a glorified bookmarking service. The subscription fees are very low, which is a good thing but still may deter some users. The service is best suited to users who have many favorite websites and/or who want to reach an audience through multiple online resources. New users should try the free version first to make sure offers what they want before paying for the service.

  • Compile a collection of favorite websites
  • Set website collections as a homepage
  • Share website collections or keep them private
  • Capture screenshots to use as images and thumbnails
  • Create a central sharing HUB with social networking

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