Almost every day I come accross folks who want a website but don't have the cash to hire a professional firm to get them online, or don't have the time or technical confidence in themselves to treat their website as more than a weekend-in-the-garage DIY project.
Often cases for many of these people, a fully-blown content management system implementation is too much for their simple project - I say this because, though CMS' may offer scalability and wonderful modular architectures, they come with learning curves that include getting to know the system in order to start using it.
So, I've decided today to start referring these individuals and organisation to Indexhibit: in their words its:A web application used to build and maintain an archetypal, invisible website format that combines text, image, movie and sound.
Like Joomla or Drupal or Wordpress, you download Indexhibit and upload/install it on your host/server and enter in information for the database you'll let the software use to store information that makes up your site.
Indexhibit is very very very simple to use - it has an admin side in addition to the main site and basically allows you to create 'sections' which store different articles. As far as content editing, its got some simple icons for adding links, embedding photos and so on within articles, but accepts html so you can code articles if you want to.
Integrated into the article editing page is the ability to select how that page loads - the 'exhibition format' includes popular displays like 'thickbox' (larger images pop up in a light-box).
* So if you were a photographer, for example, you could use Indexhibit to quickly create an archive portfolio of your best shots, all categorized and displayed in auto-created thumbnailed galleries with a lightbox effect etc...Pretty cool.
Indexhibit is pretty straight-forward to style and customize and just a few tweaks here and there will give the simplest website characteristic feel.
I'll be playing around with Indexhibit more in the next few weeks and post back about some services I'm thinking Design Guru could offer around it. In the meantime, check out some sites people have made using this simple software:
(Written by Qasim - Principal/Founder @ Design Guru)