Build a Web site on your iPhone with Zapd

In about the time it takes to read this sentence, you can create an attractive-looking site, complete with text, photos, and links--and it won't cost you a dime.

A few taps is all it takes to build a free, photo-rich Web site with Zapd.
A few taps is all it takes to build a free, photo-rich Web site with Zapd. PressPlane Inc.

You can build a quick-and-dirty Web site using any number of services--but not many of them fit in your pocket. New app Zapd lets you create a simple, attractive site with just a few taps. It's easy to use, surprisingly fun, and totally free.

To get started, you choose one of 20 basic but visually pleasing themes for your site. Then you give it a title and start adding elements: text, photo, or link.

Photos can be snapped on the fly using your iPhone/iPod camera or imported from an existing album. As for links, you have to enter them manually--it would be nice if Zapd gave you the option of pulling links from your Safari bookmarks, but I wouldn't call that a major shortcoming.

These three elements can be rearranged just by dragging and dropping. This can be a bit tricky within the tight confines of your iPhone's screen, but ultimately it works just fine.

When you're done, Zapd will instantly publish your site to a custom zapd.co (yes, that's .co, not .com) URL and/or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

I can think of countless uses for Zapd, from throwing together a quick family- vacation travelogue to chronicling the progress of a work project. All that's missing is a native iPad version. Even so, Web site builders don't come any easier--or more convenient--than this.

 

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