Best Free Online Applications and Services

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9. Best Free Online Network, Website and Server
 

Best Free Online Website Builder

  • Webnode is designed for you to easily build and maintain a website from anywhere online. It's convenient to use with builder tools, drag-and-drop functionality, ready-made gadgets and widgets, and has no intrusive advertisement banner occupying the precious space of your webpage.
     
  • Wix allows you to create great-looking flash-based websites easily. Just register, click on a template and start editing. You can change the text, pictures and about everything else, create as many pages and edit them as often as you wish. (Review)
     

Best Free Online Website Template Designer

  • Cool Template "is really very clever indeed. You can change the number of columns, the menus, text, colours, position of content blocks, and just about everything else. When you're done, choose whether you want your finished page downloaded as HTML/CSS files or other templates." (Review)
     

Best Free Online Web Hosting

  • Byet provides you with a free hosting service for your web sites without forced advertisements. It features 5.5 GB disk space, 200 GB monthly traffic and a useful control panel to add domains, upload files via an online file manager, create databases, check websites usage, etc.
     

Best Free Online Domain Name Checker

  • KnowEm , "type in the name you want to use, and the site instantly tells you whether the domain name is available in various countries, and whether it's already in use on any of around 50 different social networking sites." (Review)
     

Best Free Online FTP Client

  • Net2ftp , a web based FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client to gain access to the FTP server and manage your websites, view and edit codes, add or rename files and directories, upload or download files as well as other advanced FTP functions.
     

Best Free Online Blog Publishing

  • WordPress , "my number one choice based on the features, plethora of free themes and plugins, and the ability to use it as an alternative to create or host a web site with static content." (Review)
     
  • Blogger is popular and easy to use. You can post text, photos and videos to your blog, personalize it with many templates, add gadgets, get feedback from your readers and more.
     

Best Free Online Social Networking

  • Facebook , a popular website for you to share your personal profile, posts, photos and videos with friends, add them to your list, send them messages, or join a network group organized by workplace.
     
  • Google+ , share your profile, posts, photos and videos or send messages to your circles of friends, start a handout with voice and video chat, search and pin topics of your interest under Sparks, check the things you liked on the web in your +1's, or post a comment in Buzz. A new arrival to rival Facebook.
     
  • Twitter , a real-time information network and a micro blogging service allows you to share and discover what's happening now based on brief text messages sent by users via the Twitter website, SMS or external applications.
     

Best Free Online Web Tools

  • CSS Sprite Generator takes a number of source images and combines them into a single "sprite" image, supplies CSS to map to each image within the sprite generated for download. Useful for improving the performance of a web site by reducing the number of HTTP requests.
     
  • CSS Portal provides popular CSS tools and online generators in one place, also includes a CSS Sprite Generator that's a fast way to make CSS sprites without the need to zip and upload your source images as all the work is done in your browser.
     
  • Smush.it optimizes web images by removing unnecessary bytes from the images without changing their look or visual quality. A "lossless" and convenient tool to minimize image files for your web page.
     

Best Free Online Web Information

  • Alexa , a useful resource to find out information about a website, site owner, traffic statistics, search analytics, clickstream, top sites, hot pages and a lot more. This is our site info according to Alexa.
     

Best Free Online Website Performance Measurement

  • WebPagetest , a handy tool to conduct a webpage performance test—just enter a Website URL, click Start Test, and in a short while, you get a summary table with metrics about the page load, first view, repeat view and the content breakdown. (Review)
     
  • GTmetrix , paste a URL and get the latest performance for a webpage in a summary showing the page speed grade, YSlow grade, page load time, page size and number of http requests. Check out the images that can be optimized too from this service.
     
  • Pingdom Tools , test the load time of a web page and find bottlenecks, test DNS servers and settings for a domain name, and test network connectivity to a server. All in one place.
     
  • Show Slow helps monitor various website performance metrics by capturing the results of YSlow, Page Speed and dynaTrace rankings over time. You can check performance rankings for Alexa Top 100 websites, compare rankings by graphs or add your URLs to the list for monitoring.
     

Best Free Online Website Uptime Monitor

  • Monitor.Us saves you time and helps keep your site running even more smoothly. Just enter the URL of the sites you want to monitor and log in any time to see a graph of performance including the ping response time and percentage uptime of your site. Some advanced services are not free. (Review)
     
  • UptimeRobot , monitor up to 50 websites in 5 minutes intervals for each of them and get alerts via email, SMS, RSS, Twitter or push notifications if a website becomes offline. This service finances itself with sponsors and ads to keep it free but with a disclaimer here.
     

Best Free Online Web Archive

  • Wayback Machine , a fascinating archive of web sites that stretches back more than a decade—just type in the URL of the site you're interested in, and you can browse all the snapshots of the site. See the website of Tech Support Alert (now Gizmo's Freeware) back in December 2000. (Review)
     

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by igornevsky on 15. September 2010 - 16:35  (57880)

Looking also Desktop Wallpaper Tool (with HTML5 features - Drag & Drop and Canvas)

With Desktop Wallpaper Tool you can quickly create desktop wallpaper. Simply load any image and it will be automatically adapted to your screen resolution. An image is adjusted either by cropping the part of it or by scaling, if the resolution of the original image differs from your desktop resolution.

And Slideshow Player for show pictures and photos of professional digital artist from Digital Art Gallery

All scripts based on Prototype http://www.prototypejs.org/

by tonyh (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 11:22  (57986)

No reasons are given for Byet being recommended. I did a bit of browsing and found that it was quite highly recommended on one review site, but so were others. I also found other free hosts that have more features ( byet don't offer cgi or ssi) and there are a number af extremely bad reviews quoting personal experience.
In the end, I concluded it's free, so you can't really trust it, and I may just try it myself. It's not critical.

Unfortunately one bad apple in the barrel calls into question everything else on the site, including free security software, which IS critical, and the credibility of the site itself.

by Jojo Yee on 17. September 2010 - 12:22  (57993)

That's a good suggestion, thanks igornevsky.

by IvanDurakov (not verified) on 27. September 2010 - 22:07  (58540)

Any chance of adding some kind of revision marks to this excellent but rather lengthy page? I can never find what has changed since the last rev.

by Jojo Yee on 28. September 2010 - 14:39  (58577)

That's a good idea IvanDurakov. The items added most recently are now marked with a 'New' icon, and with quick links to the items from the Index Table.

by PlayAllDay (not verified) on 6. October 2010 - 13:07  (59111)

Any suggestions for landscaping or outdoor space design?

by marius (not verified) on 16. October 2010 - 7:56  (59619)

best free online convertor@downloader fo vimeo videos:

http://www.tubeminator.com

by connor (not verified) on 30. October 2010 - 14:52  (60477)

There are many online operating systems or web operating systems in the internet.

Could you include them?

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2010 - 1:38  (60499)

Thanks Connor for the feedback. Currently we have included Glide under the category of "Desktop and GUI" > "Web Desktop". There might be more such as Icloud, EyeOS and others. Please share with us if you would like to recommend a good one.

by Kaspars (not verified) on 5. November 2010 - 14:23  (60800)

Great list! Btw have you seen http://www.knowcase.com outliner ? It's more minimalist compared to Thinklink but also has a mobile version for iPad & iPhone.

by cooleeman on 14. November 2010 - 7:30  (61174)

Excellent article! Thanks!

by Micha (not verified) on 23. November 2010 - 12:33  (61552)

Thanks Jo! But, too small section of online free flash bannejoyr makers.
There are freshest free flash banner creator online service - http://www.flash-banner-maker-online.com
without registration and any watermarks in banners

by Zvone (not verified) on 14. December 2010 - 10:37  (62451)

Hello, i have a suggestion to make: www.PHPanywhere.net, a FREE online PHP editor. It has: syntax highlighting, a FTP explorer, unlimited undo/redo, all packed in a familiar desktop enviroment. Code completion is coming soon, too.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 14:39  (62556)

Thanks for the suggestion Zvone. Pretty good as a code editor for the PHP language.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:15  (62561)

Thanks Kaspars for mentioning Knowcase, which is now added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:16  (62562)

You're welcome Cooleeman.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:31  (62563)

Thanks for the suggestion Micha.

by Zulfiqar (not verified) on 16. December 2010 - 18:35  (62716)

The best article ever read about free online services. Thanx for sharing such a useful information.

by dirtprof (not verified) on 20. December 2010 - 21:35  (63010)

Here's one for the "Best Free Room Planner / Floor Layout Plan" category: http://www.sweethome3d.com/. It's not really online, but as a java web start app, it is almost transparently cross-platform. And it's amazingly feature-rich.

by dirtprof (not verified) on 20. December 2010 - 21:42  (63012)

For the "Best Free Meeting Scheduler", you might want to include ScheduleOnce (http://www.scheduleonce.com/). Its major advantage over others of its kind is that it integrates very nicely into Google Calendar, making time selection very quick for everyone who uses it.

by Zulfiqar (not verified) on 23. December 2010 - 6:14  (63115)

Nice n useful information. thanx

by Jojo Yee on 26. December 2010 - 1:04  (63271)

Thanks for the suggestions dirtprof.

by gian (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 17:18  (64543)

Out of curiosity, I submitted the URL of techsupportalert.com to Anubis for analysis and it reports http://www.techsupportalert.com/ as malicious.

--uhm, I guess this is a reliable report since you guys recommended Anubis yourselves.

Moderators note: this post was edited to make it briefer

by ianjrichards (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 22:50  (64572)

Anubis falsely reports any site that uses the Drupal CMS as malicious. That includes www.nasa.gov, garmin.com, drupal.org, the US House of Representatives website, Gizmos' Freeware and many others.

This bug has been reported to Anubis. They need to fix it as over 100,000 sites use Drupal including some of the world's most popular websites.

Gizmo

by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2011 - 8:35  (64597)

This was the response I received today from Anubis:

"You are right, the report is a bit misleading.

This are all side-effects of Internet Explorer, which creates files on the hard disk (i.e., cache) and modifies registry keys. Note that Anubis is designed to analyze malicious software, the analysis results for the website analysis are sometimes not correct. Please use Wepawet (http://wepawet.iseclab.org) to analyze websites for malicious content, the analysis reports of Wepawet are much better"

This is the Wepawet report which correctly shows as as clear:

http://wepawet.iseclab.org/view.php?hash=6aa0cdcaf03be5e7161f76b369f23f2...

by msamir (not verified) on 16. January 2011 - 11:02  (64648)

very very good site thank you

by Shoeb Mohammad (not verified) on 23. January 2011 - 22:44  (65080)

This is very helpful and useful article so far I have seen on the internet. Thanks for creating such opportunity, a concept that helps people with minimum access, opportunities purchasing a software. I recommend this site as my personal favorite, and those of you are reading my texts right now; guide for choosing freeware always depend on Gizmo's.

by Jones (not verified) on 28. January 2011 - 3:45  (65345)

Can anyone tell me how to convert power point slide show to video online without downloading software.

by NatalieL (not verified) on 29. January 2011 - 0:40  (65403)

The best free online OCR service that I've found is offered by Ricoh Innovations. It's a beta software and will convert documents for free.

by Jojo Yee on 29. January 2011 - 3:20  (65412)

Thanks for the recommendation NatalieL.

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