Background colours!

Yay – you can now have a background colour to your Plinqs page that isn’t white!

When you’re in your Page Editor page click on Load Page Tools to bring up a few extra functions. At the bottom you can click on the colour picker to select a background colour.

Page Editor Tool

For now you need to click on the colour square to find the colour you want but we’re working on the option to add your own colour hex code if you know what you want.

Using the Page Editor Tools you can also add a title and description to your page which will help search engines find it. It also allows you to change what is displayed at the top of the browser window when someone views your page.

Page title

Any colour as long as it’s white

At the moment, when you make your Plinqs page it will have a white background. We are working on being able to chose your background colour but for now here are some tips on how to make the most of a white back ground.

1. The most obvious one is to base your page design on a white background. That way your content will seamlessly sit on the page and look great. Check out these examples:

Plinqs page

Plinqs page

2. If the basis of your page is a photo or some other image that isn’t mostly white then one nice way to make it sit more comfortably within a white background is to add some bits to either the top or the bottom that do have a white back ground. Check out this example:

Plinqs page

Lots of people don’t say good things about Microsoft Paint but I find it perfect for things like this and it’s great because it’s on all Windows PCs. (They made some particular advances with Windows 7.)

3. If you are uploading a finished image which doesn’t have its own white background, then often a lighter colour scheme in general will look good. Such as this:

Plinqs page

Anyway, like I said we will give you a chance to pick your own background colours soon but for now I’ll leave you to it.

Happy Plinqing!

Plinqs homepage 2.0

On Friday (the 13th!) we launched a brand new homepage for Plinqs. I’m really excited about it because it’s now a showcase for some of the great pages people have been creating. It also now matches the blog.

You’ll also notice a new video, and for that we must thank the excellent Gavin Wedell.

So we’re pretty much there with the basic functionality of how to create a page and links. There’s still loads to do though.  For me, the key to Plinqs has always been its simplicity, and to that end we need to be careful about not going crazy with adding too much complexity and functionality, but there are plenty of features that we plan to add which will enhance Plinqs without it destroying its soul. A simple example would be to be able to have a background other than white.

Watch this space!

homepage 2.0

If you have any comments or suggestions then please get in touch:

What’s in a name?

A few people have asked about where the name Plinqs came from so here’s the answer.

The first criteria for coming up with a name, for what is sure to be the next big thing on the web, was to find an available dot com domain. I for one had no idea how hard that would be! It seems for example that almost all combinations of four or five characters have been registered.

I even went through a Swahili dictionary to try and find a cool word that would make a good name. If you don’t believe me, try it. Here’s a Swahili dictionary.  and you can check for available domains here.

The annoying thing is that it’s not that most web domains are even put to good use. People just buy them all up hoping that someone like me will come along and offer them hundreds of dollars for the privilege of having (Swahili for ‘create’ by the way).

So after spurting out endless lists of potential names, I was pleasantly surprised to find that hadn’t been taken.

Since Plinqs pages are fundamentally about links, I was playing around with that and then ‘pictures and links’ seemed to sum the idea up. With a bit of abbreviation and concatenation the name was conceived. Plinks with a ‘k’ was taken, and there’s a nice typographic symmetry in the ‘p’ and the ‘q’ so Plinqs was born.

So there you go.

Welcome to Plinqs

Some of you who know me will know that I’ve been talking about an idea for some sort of web-page creating website for a couple of years now. Most of you, including me at times, probably wondered if it would ever see the light of day. Well here it is. Thanks to my lucky break in finding a great technical accomplice in David, we now have a proper working product. It’s early days yet, but hopefully there is enough here now that we can start to see if anyone actually wants to use this thing.

What I want Plinqs to become is not only the easiest way for everyone to create and share web pages, but for it to give you complete freedom in what you create. What this means is that some pages created with Plinqs may be downright ugly, but that’s not for us to judge. I know that there are enough of you wonderful, clever, creative people out there to produce loads of truly beautiful and useful pages.

The web is nothing without good original content and if we can help break down barriers that prevent people from creating their own content then I believe we can help to make the web a better place.

Set yourselves free from the internet establishment. Help us to unhomogenize the web one page at a time.

So please join in, have fun, and let us know how you get on.