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Intuitive Webpage Widget Creator

Published 06/11/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Carmen Rane Hudson
What can you use the app for?

Sidengo is a do-it-yourself website building application that takes the “WYSIWYG” web editor to the next level by updating it to Web 2.0 techniques and needs. It offers a full suite of tools to create simple yet effective websites with their own domain names, hosted on a reliable server. Each site is fully portable, a widget that can be used as an attractive, interactive display ads on third party sites. The sites are mobile optimized and generate their own QR codes, so that users can more effectively capitalize on the mobile marketing revolution. Users can create slide shows, stream videos, offer docs and PDFs with ease as well, and each site includes “Like” buttons and sharing codes to help users get the word out.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Sidengo was founded by Jorge Gonzalez and Gabriel Garza in July of 2011. Sidengo is being used by restaurants, cafes, contractors and more. Sidengo has generated a great deal of positive buzz: it was featured on The Next Web, Lifehacker, PC Magazine, AppStorm, and Make Use Of.

What are the differences to other apps?

Most other apps that help users design websites fall down in one of two areas. Either the user has to have some technical, design, or graphic design know-how to get them to work, or the user has to content himself or herself with a website that is simpler and more amateurish than the user might prefer. Sidengo solves both of those problems in a first class way.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Sidengo makes use of a simple web form that handles just about every step of the site design process. Users create the site by either entering text into the forms or uploading images. The interface is easy and clean, and the results are attractive. The character limits are a bit unfortunate but are perhaps necessary in order to maintain the mobile and widget functionality of the site.

How does the registration process work?

Users provide basic information, including the domain name of their site, which will be hosted on Sidengo. The process is quick, and users are able to get started on their websites in a matter of seconds.

What does it cost to use the application?

For now, the application is free, though the developers have indicated that could change without indicating when it might change. They have also indicated that the application will always be free for non-profit users.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Though this isn’t a good tool for building giant authority sites most business owners will find it more than adequate to their needs and will appreciate the ability to create such a professional looking site in such a short period of time. Home entrepreneurs will also benefit from using the Sidengo app. People who only have a few pages worth of content to share but who want to share it as attractively and simply as possible will also benefit. Even users who already have websites could use Sidengo as an attractive ad creation tool. Users who want a bit more customization might find Sidengo lacking, since every website is essentially built exactly the same way.

  • Users can easily create attractive, professional websites without any previous technical knowledge.
  • Each website is a widget which allows it to be used as an interactive advertisement on third-party sites.
  • Each website is automatically mobile optimized, allowing users to capitalize on the mobile marketing revolution.
  • Each website has full social media integration for easy sharing.
  • Each website has tools for slide shows, videos, photographs, PDFs and more.

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