Webjam: Create, Replicate… What’s The Difference?

December 19th, 2006 at 12:00 am


Webjam hosts and lets users create their personal web pages much like wordpress and myspace. Aside from letting the users choose templates to customize, it also allows them to create and edit their own templates and layouts with an Ajax interface. This interface allows a modular assembly of a webpage so users won’t have to edit any CSS or PHP codes if they did not want to. This feature ables users to build websites faster, easier and better. Video and audio streaming become a module they can position and manage by drag and drop.

Over the years, tech people have tried to de-technicalize the internet making it easier for the regular John Doe to make his presence on the web. HTML and PHP is actually easy but the coding part kind of prevented many users from building their own pages. In came CSS that efficiently allowed users to simply choose from millions of pre-made templates, effectively popularizing the blog. Then there’s Ajax. Now, not only do the users choose which template to use, they could actually make their own pages from scratch and feel great about it.

Webjam.com is a site where imitators would be in heaven. If creating your own site with webjam’s feature interface is still too hard, there’s another option for you: copy somebody else’s website! All public webjam sites have a button that allows the site to be replicated. A single click on the replicate button and that off-the-hook website becomes yours, you can rename it and fully customize it for your needs.

Of course if you did your own off-the-hook Webjam site and just don’t want anybody else copying it, there’s an option to make it private.

Webjam is a great site to create and host mashed up sites, but there are limitations like you can only mash up Webjam sites unlike with the Openkapow Robots (www.openkapow.com) that allows you to take parts of any site on the internet and use it for your mashup. Nonetheless, Webjam’s easy interface would probably reel in more users.

So webjam is all about sharing and mashing and according to Yann Motte, co-founder and managing director of Webjam, "We will make people better by allowing them to build on the communities of what Webjam is doing. If you have no clue on how to run a Web site, you can go to Webjam, pick one you like, and just replicate it."

All in all, I think Webjam.com is a great site worth going to and with it’s strong social networking capabilities, its users will grow exponentially. Check it out.