Another webmaster I know has started a new blog, Create A Website for Free. It’s still a baby, so don’t expect much in layout and style, but the content is good. His latest post offers tips on improving your sites design. The blog is being developed for new website developers just starting out. You can find posts about tools you can use, plugins for your site, how to create a free site, and more.
I found another site that offers free web conferencing. It’s on a 30 day trial only, but after that you are looking at 2.5 cents a minute. Not a lot. The company is Zip Conferencing, and the offer audio conferencing, and web conferencing.
The audio conferencing is 5.5 cents a minute, can support up to 125 participants, and additionally allows you to record. The conferencing comes with basic host controls. You can manage volume, security, and create sub-conferences. No monthly contracts, just pay as you go. How much would you value a hour long conference with 100 people? At these rates you are looking at just $3.30. Think you can handle it?
Web conferencing is $29 per month, and offers the first 30 days as a free trial. It can support up to 100 participants. It supports sharing of applications, sharing documents, and has a whiteboard. It also has video integration. Anytime you are considering getting a web conferencing service, ALWAYS try to take advantage of any free trial. The reasoning is not so much about saving a dime, it’s about testing the service. Doing a side by side comparison to GoToMeeting, Zip Conference offers a more comprehensive list of services for the dollar.
Pretty good rates for the audio conferencing I must say, and I like that it does not require a contract or any additional fees. Just pay for your use.
I was asked to take a look at PGi today, and noticed they are offering free web conferencing for a month. For any of you that are currently paying for this kind of service, now might be the time to switch, at least for a month.
PGi specializes in conferencing and collaboration tools. Can they do Webinars? Yes they can. Their conferencing services can handle anywhere from 30 to 30,000 attendees. They also have a few other interesting services. The have: Everyday Printing, Mobile Printing, and Document Delivery.
Everyday faxing allows you to fax by email, receive fax by email, and store your faxes online for as long as thirty days. You can get local or toll free numbers, and if you want you can even run a free test fax to try it out from their site.
Mobile printing is very cool because you can actually print from your PDA. The way it works is you simply send the document to your nearest fax machine. Now a days, most fax machines print in high quality, so you should even be able to have a semi-reasonable printout.
Document delivery is where they have the capability to take your raw data and reformat it for mass-distribution via encrypted email and secure fax. They offer disaster recovery protection with it, real time reporting, and 24/7 access so you can send that last minute project at 2:00 a.m. in the morning.
Overall a pretty cool service, but what caught my eye was that free web conferencing for a month. Depending on who you use, that kind of service can cost an arm and a leg.
Comparing the two sites, I actually like the UK one a lot better. The dot com one is stuff with a lot of content for reading, and who does that. The UK site offers plenty of visual reprensentations that gives the same points quickly and easily. Another big selling point of BossCart is the number of high quality, and free ecommerce templates they have to offer. Comparing the two sites the dot com one has just one text link, and the UK one has a number of screenshots of the templates. I am guessing the UK site sells more. Which site do you think would do better?