iPhone app creates one-minute websites

Tue 13 November 2012 12:40, Tamara Yadvichuk

iPhone app creates one-minute websites

Until recently, creating your own website required at least some web design skills and a hosting. Well, guess what: it turns out that nowadays all you need to appear on the web is an iPhone – thanks to an app called Zapd.

Wait, web designers, it isn’t time to quit your jobs yet! Zapd offers some nice opportunities to quickly create a place on the web to post, share and comment on different kinds of content, but it certainly doesn’t replace all your expertise. 

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So, what is it all about? Long story short, Zapd is a free iPhone app which allows users to create their own websites called Zaps. You can choose from a number of templates to customize the look and feel of your site, and in a couple of minutes you have a personal space where you and your friends can post pictures and comments, share and discuss experiences, etc. The address of your website will look like this:

http://your-name.zapd.com/your-site-name

Among some cool features of Zapd is the ability to quickly enhance pictures within the app, adjusting their brightness and saturation and applying filters similar to those of Instagram. More importantly, Zaps are responsive, meaning that they adjust to the size of the screen they are viewed on, whether it is a PC, a tablet or a phone. If you are still wondering how Zapd works, here’s their promotional video.

Some examples presented on the app’s website suggest that Zapd lets you make websites with several columns, breadcrumbs, links and more, but in practice most users went for a very simple Pinterest-like layout comprised of square pictures with captions underneath. But although on a big screen this may look a bit boring, on a smartphone it looks great.

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Some Zapd sites as they appear on an HTC smartphone (left to right): Home Cooking, Hudson Photography and Focus Your Food

Zapd is available on iTunes and can be used on an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; the version for Android is currently under development.

Zapd seems to be a cool way to share and discuss hobbies, especially for those who need more than Twitter’s 140 characters to express themselves and would like some customization, but are not willing to invest lots of time into creating a complex website. Even some companies already made use of Zaps to promote their business (for example, New Dehli Restaurant uses a Zap as their mobile website). 

Would you use Zapd?


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