Want to start a blog or website as quickly as possible? Here are a few sites that make it easy.
Blogger and WordPress are arguably the easiest two platforms for starting your own blog, but we wanted to know if there was anything easier out there. And we weren’t disappointed. We found ways that Evernote and Trello could be used for fast and easy blogging. We also found a few WordPress tools that make customizing a WordPress site really easy.
Stop slacking and get to work on your sites, Cool Websites and Apps readers, because we’ve got exactly the tools you need.
Postachio: Use Evernote to Blog Quickly
What if you could publish a blog post just by creating a new note in Evernote? That’s how Pistachio works.
Just create a note, tag it properly, and you’ve published a blog post. It’s really simple, and the results look pretty good. If you’re a big Evernote fan, and you want to set up a site quickly, this is well worth trying out.
The downside: price. This option will cost you $9 a month, meaning WordPress or Blogger might be a better choice if you’re looking for a free option. But if Evernote is key to your workflow, the price might be worth it.
Websites for Trello: Use Trello To Blog Quickly
Trello is kind of hard to describe. You can create boards that contain multiple lists, which you can then use in many different ways. It’s an altogether unique project management system, an effective online collaboration tool and a whole lot more.
One thing it’s never been, however, is a way to build a blog – until now. Websites for Trello lets you build and update a blog using Trello as your back end.
Don’t expect anything too complex: you are using a todo list service as a CMS, after all. But there’s a surprising amount of flexibility here, as a quick look at the demo site can show you.
It’s worth playing with, if you’re familiar with Trello. Even if you’re not, it could be a quick way to set up a site and start writing regularly.
Themify Flow: Drag and Drop Custom Theme Maker for WordPress
The above two tools were very simple, and pretty much impossible to customize. If you really want full control of your site, you need to look into a Content Management System powerful enough for your needs. For most people, MakeUseOf recommends WordPress.
We offer an in-depth guide to setting up your blog with WordPress, but it doesn’t really get into creating custom themes – in part because getting into that is usually complicated. Themify Flow changes that.
This theme aims to make it very simple to customize every aspect of your WordPress site, with the ability to customize just about everything. With enough time, you should be able to make your WordPress site look exactly the way you want.
ThemeBro: Find WordPress Themes Easily
If you’d rather not spend the time tweaking a WordPress theme, your only option is to find one you like. ThemeBro is a search engine for WordPress themes, which makes it easier to look at the major vendors’ various options simultaneously.
If you know exactly what you want, ThemeBro can help you find it.
Gyrosco.pe: Quickly Make a Website About Your Life
You can track your entire life with your phone, if you want to. Some do this for health reasons, wanting their friends to monitor their progress and hopefully encourage their diet, exercise and more.
Whatever your reason for wanting to get into lifelogging, Gyrosco.pe aims to make that sharing easier. This site will combine data from social networks like Twitter, exercise apps like Strava, health monitors like FitBit and even your computer activity via Rescue time. It will then share everything.
This won’t be for everyone, clearly: it’s basically telling the world what you do day in, day out. But if that’s something you want to do, Gyroscope will help you do it.
Why Do You Want to Start a Site?
I want to know: why do you want to start a website? Which tools do you think you’ll use? Let’s talk about all this in the comments below, and feel free to post a link to your site while you’re at it – especially if you used one of these tools. Let’s talk.