This week, we’ve discovered a crowd-funded tool that allows you to build your own custom CMS, a collection of articles that explain Net Neutrality and its possible impacts, and an old but good article on how to write proper links in your web content.
Duolingo is a free language-learning website that offers courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. Lessons are presented in small, easy-to-digest bites. And because there are mobile apps available for iPhone and Android, it makes learning a foreign language something you can do while you’re on the go.
Webhook is a soon-to-be-released tool that allows front-end developers to build a custom CMS and matching HTML templates without worrying about databases, backend or hosting (Webhook will host your site for you!). The Kickstarter is still open for backing with 11 days to go (as of Friday, May 9th) but it’s already passed its goal by $15,000.
A definition of Net Neutrality, why it’s important and how current developments threaten the internet as we know it are laid out in Vox Media’s storystream The new fight over the future of the internet. This collection of standout articles goes in-depth on the recent showdown between Netflix and Comcast and how the so-called fast lanes would pose a problem for the internet as a hotbed of creativity and innovation. In another article, they explain how and why large ISPs are trying to dismantle the bill and keep model that has kept the internet largely free and open with minimal government regulation.
I’m continually surprised by what you can do without Flash these days. Into the Arctic is a very ambitious site, but what I love is the great interactive animations sprinkled throughout.
Why your links should never say “click here” in Smashing Magazine is a must-read for all of us at the University. The article clearly explains reasons why we should not obscure our links behind generic text like “click here,” plus shows concrete examples on how to improve our link writing.