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Quick housekeeping note: Sorry about Friday's hoverboard boo-boo. I'd written that post a few days earlier, not expecting that a federal recall would be announced the very same day. For what it's worth, I'm still a huge fan of the products, and fully expect the will get resolved soon. Until then, we'll just have to use our feet. Dangit!
On to business. Need a website? You might be familiar with services like SquareSpace and Wix, which aim to make the creation and hosting process as easy as possible. Take it from me: There's still a bit of a learning curve.
SnapPages, however, is without question the most novice-friendly site-building tool I've tried. But it's also on the pricey side, with Pro plans running $12 per month (or $10.80 if you pay by the year).
Not today. StackSocial is offering a lifetime SnapPages Pro subscription for $49. You don't need a calculator to figure out that's an insanely good deal.
Getting started is, well, a snap. All you do is choose a domain name (cheapskate.snappages.com, for example), then select a theme for your site. You can also pay extra for a custom domain or point an existing one to SnapPages' servers.
From there you just start customizing your pages, adding content via drag-and-drop tools and simple editors. When you're done, you click Publish and presto: website!
There are a couple things about SnapPages I really like. For starters, the interface is attractive and straightforward -- way easier to use than SquareSpace's, and about on par with Wix's. Also, because it's built on HTML5, you can build and edit pages using a mobile browser . In other words, if you urgently need to make a change and all you're carrying is your tablet, no problem.
That said, I've only dipped my toe into this service, so I can't promise it'll meet all your site-building needs. It does offer both social-media and shopping-cart plug-ins, along with SEO optimization tools to help you draw traffic.
If you've used SnapPages for mission-critical sites, hit the comments and let your fellow cheeps know what you like, don't like, etc. Because I think this is a smashing deal, one that anyone seeking a Web presence should seriously consider.
Bonus deal: If all you need is straight-up hosting, I feel obliged to point out that StackSocial has a solid deal there as well: two years of WebHostFace Extra for $35. Regular price: $130.80. This premium hosting plan includes 20GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited sites and 24/7 support. (Domain names are not included, however, and must be purchased separately.)
Bonus deal No. 2: Spring is just around the corner, meaning you'll soon be able to fly the friendly skies -- with your new drone! Today only, and while supplies last, B&H Photo has the DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse Gimbal Kit for $399 shipped. Although no longer DJI's flagship Phantom, this model offers perks like a 25-minute battery, GPS-powered return-to-home capabilities and that GoPro-compatible gimbal kit. Just be sure to register it; it's the law.