ChartBlocks: Extremely Easy Chart Building

Have you ever wanted to create a chart but find that all the options are too advanced, confusing, and take too long? ChartBlocks is the solution to that very problem. With their online chart maker, creating online charts is simple and intuitive.

Creating Charts

Once you start creating a chart, ChartBlocks gives you an option to input your chart data manually within the app or quickly important data using one of your own spreadsheets documents, databases or even live data feeds.. When manually inputting data within the app, ChartBlocks uses a simple spreadsheet editor, which makes it super easy and simple to create data.

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After inputting data, the next step in creating our chart is picking what type of chart it is that we are creating; there are numerous options available including the most common chart designs column, line, and pie charts along with some more unique designs.

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ChartBlocks organizes each group of data in your chart columns and rows by automatically guessing where you want them. However, each data group can be changed manually with a few clicks and may also be tweaked with more advanced organization settings.

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Designing Charts

My favorite step in the chart creation process and probably one of the most important is choosing the design and overall style of the chart. Depending on the type of chart you chose in the beginning, you can now choose the design of it by picking a template to base your design on. Chart designs are beautifully simple and simply beautiful, and can be chosen just by clicking on which one fits your chart best.

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Likely the most innovative feature of ChartBlocks is the chart design wizard which looks and works much like a photo editor. Within the design wizard, clicking on the many elements of a chart allows for you to customize, edit, and design it even further along with the ability to edit the entire chart like the template, data, dimensions, font, columns, name, and much more.

Sharing Charts

We’ve created a chart, now it’s time to our chart data with the world! ChartBlocks has some great sharing tools allowing you to share with your favorite social networks, embed on your website, and publish your chart on the public gallery on ChartBlocks in which you can share the link.

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Additionally, you can instantly download your chart as a PNG, PDF, PS, SVG, or an EPS file.

Pricing

The pricing plans and features of ChartBlocks is extremely efficient and affordable. Upgraded pricing plan features include no-branding, more users to co-create with, raised chart view limits, and useful private charts that don’t get published in the ChartBlocks gallery.

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Feature Highlights

  • Easy to use chart builder and editor for beginner and experts alike.
  • Over 10 types of charts.
  • Simple to use design wizard with advanced features.
  • Social sharing features.
  • Publish charts to the ChartBlocks gallery to get discussions, feedback, exposure, and more.
  • Embed charts on your website easily.
  • Download charts in PNG, PDF, PS, SVG, or EPS files.
  • Affordable and relevant pricing.
  • Pre-designed templates that are ready for advanced customization.
  • Quickly import data for your charts from spreadsheets documents, databases or even live data feeds.
  • Charts are responsive. Meaning they’ll work on smartphones, tablets, computers and the like.

Conclusion: The Easiest Online Chart Maker.

ChartBlock’s features and pricing do not compare to any form building solution available; ChartBlocks is no doubt the way to go if you are serious about creating top-notch quality charts with ease of use.

Typeform: Online Forms Re-invented

Tired of dull online forms? Typeform is the perfect solution for you. Typeform is a beautiful free online form builder builder that is re-inventing the way we create, manage, and use forms without the need for coding knowledge.

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Getting Started

Typeform offers almost limitless potential of the forms you can create: contests, payments, tests, surveys, and more; all in one simply beautiful drag and drop interface.

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A form is composed primarily of 4 pre-designated sections: a title, a general landing page, content, and a closing page to thank your participants. Unlike other online form builders, all your form content is on one page with each section fading away as you fill it out, making it fast, organized and easy to use.

Form Creation

The first section of a Typeform, the landing page, is an ideal way to brand your form and to also entice your form visitors to continue on by engaging and filling out your form. You can customize your landing page with some video, image, and text content along with adding a call to action button.

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It is extremely easy to start build your Typeform and the ease of use doesn’t end at creating your form’s content. There are almost a limitless supply of input types to add to your form and when you see one you want to include, just drag it over to your form, and add your content.

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Within each question, you can easily include optional descriptions as well as an image or even a video. All of the form options, for example, bold, italic text, and making questions mandatory are also included within the extremely organized and easy to use form builder.

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Of course, you should always end your form with a smile. That’s why it’s easy to create a closer screen to thank your participants, in which you can easily add an image, video, text, a redirecting button, and even some sharing buttons to share with friends and family.

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Finishing Touches

Apart from the customization you can add with creating your form’s content, you can also customize your entire form’s look and feel with custom background images, text colors, and field colors. Easily accessible are also pre-defined color palates in which you can choose along with customizing your form’s fonts from the Google Font’s catalog. Customizing fonts with so many options is a rare and extremely helpful feature in making your form look the way you want it to.

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We’ve now created our form, and we need somewhere to put it so our visitors can fill it out. Typeform has some great distribution options:

  1. Share a public link hosted on Typeform’s platform.
  2. Launch the form in a pop-up with an embeddable button or link.
  3. Embed the form on your blog, website, or Facebook page in a sized widget or an entire page.

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Pricing

There are three pricing options with Typeform: free which includes all basic form input options, pay-as-you-go or a recurring monthly subscription. The pay as you go option enables you to unlock each form response with prepaid credit versus the monthly plan with unlimited responses.  Opting for the paid plans enables access to: payment enabled forms, calculators, respondent notifications, hidden fields, and the option to remove Typeform branding.

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Feature Highlights

  • Easy to use and organized form builder and dashboard.
  • Customizable forms: Colors, fonts, text, backgrounds, images, videos, and much more.
  • Complete and focuses analytics for forms and collected data.
  • Individual form and form question settings.
  • Free, Pay as you go or monthly subscription plan options.
  • Keyboard shortcuts make it easy to navigate, fill, and edit forms.
  • Instant user notifications.
  • Stripe and payment integration.
  • Easy and beautiful company branding.
  • Welcome and Thank you landing pages.
  • Mobile form support.
  • Embed forms on your website, Facebook page, blog, or more.

Conclusion

Typeform is a brilliant and truly new way to build forms online. With an easy and organized “drag and drop” utilized dashboard and builder, along with an immersive form filling experience, Typeform ranks high amongst the leading free form builders available (JotForm, Wufoo, SurveyMonkey) other form builder available to date.

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If you would like to see an example of a Typeform using their free online form builder, check out these beautiful examples forms.

Review of Fedora – An Online Course platform

Fedora is making it easier and simpler for anybody to create an online school to teach courses to anybody on your own learning website at more affordable rates.

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Teaching With Fedora

The online course dashboard is simple and easy to use, allowing teachers to focus on course content and creation. The course creation wizard includes video and image uploading, coupon codes for attracting and rewarding, and the ability to add frequently asked questions to each course.

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Student Email Blasts

Notifying students with updates is easy with Fedora’s built-in email blast feature. You can easily email specific people all at once with filters like when they enrolled, which course they’re taking, coupons used, and so many more.

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Conversion Tracking

When offering courses online it is important to know just how many of your website visitors are actually purchasing courses, which is why the conversion pixel tool allows you input a code from, for example, Google Analytics and see your conversion rates.

Subscriptions and Bundles

Don’t want to sell just one course alone? That’s alright, with Fedora you can easily create multiple courses and bundle them all up to sell for a simple one-time fee or a monthly/yearly subscription for a more predictable income.

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Extensions

Quickly add all kinds of useful features to your school by enabling in-app extensions by just a click of a button: Google Analytics, MailChimp, Segment.io, Mixpanel, and Disqus.

Website Creation

Each online school account comes with a fully designed and functional course website to sell and teach all your courses in one place. By default, Fedora school websites use a free subdomain, however, use of your own custom domain can be utilized with monthly Fedora plans.

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Website Customization

General customization like custom colors, icons, logos, backgrounds, images, and footer content can all be edited without the knowledge of any code with straightforward forms and editors. However, there is an HTML and CSS editor for people who want more precise and unique customizations to their course website.

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Feature Hightlights

  • Unlimited students, bandwidth, and courses.
  • Unlimited, multiple course author support.
  • Fully hosted course websites.
  • Student accounts.
  • Custom domains.
  • Easily charge a subscription fee or simply a one-time fee for each course or bundle.
  • Simple no-code website customization.
  • Affiliate program.
  • Conversion tracking.
  • Unlimited authors.
  • Extra functionality with extension support with Analytics, MailChimp, and more.
  • Optional HTML and CSS site customization.
  • Financial summaries.
  • Course categories and course filtering.

Pricing

There is absolutely no financial risk with Fedora; with a starter school plan there is no fixed monthly fee. The starter plan only costs 10% + $1 for each sale.

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Conclusion

Fedora makes for an awesome and cost efficient way to teach and sell online courses on your own website. It proves as the go-to alternative for online course marketplaces that take a high percentage of course profits.

40 Free Niche Directories to Submit your Startup

If you’re launching a beta or have a working product and looking for customers, you’re probably in the thick of building out your acquisition model.  One place we looked to when starting was blog directories and review sites that focus specifically on web, mobile and product type startups.  Often times these sites can help build inbound links and also generate traffic and potential customers.

The only issue is that it’s a serious pain in the ass to submit a startup to 40+ directories.  That’s the main reason I Startuplister.  It took 4-5 hours submitting startup profile information on startup directories and review sites in order to start driving initial traction to our website. Over the months, I had a Google spreadsheet of about 300 places that seemed like potential good sources for traffic and customers. That list is now boiled down to 38 directories that have a solid combination of PageRank, Alexa, and Domain Authority rankings.

I have included the list below that I use when submitting startups for Startuplister.  If you have any suggestions on other niche directories that should be included, please feel free to contact me.

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Do you know of any other great directories?  Let me know!

Updated 12/5/2017 – New directories added, old ones removed that were outdated.