The Reseller News team has scoured the Web for all the cool free things available for making a Web site with that extra zing. The following sites are testament to the Internet's sharing and caring philosophy . . . they're also a bit of clever marketing, there are plenty of excellent Web authoring applications, fonts, graphics, animated gifs . . .
(PS: remember to always check the licensing stipulation; in many cases the freebies are for personal use only.)Animated gifs and Web graphicsCypher 2000 Graf-xmembers.aol.com/cypher2000/cyfr2000.htm This site is courtesy of Willoughby Design and has some of the best looking animated gifs around. They are bright, with clear rendition and a bit of 3D thrown in. Moving bars, pointers, buttons, and spheres are all available for free downloading.
Rose's animated gifs
Rose is a collector of gifs. She has compiled an extensive index of gifs to download from other sites, including the likes of dancing blobs, bug-chasing cats, and "peeing" dogs.
Rose also posts a new gif she has created each week. Last week for example, it was Homer Simpson bobbing up and down out of an extra large beer stein - cool stuff!
Xoom Software's Web site holds around 50,000 bits and pieces from its Web Clip Empire ranging from animated gifs, music and sound files to buttons and bullets. It's free to download, but a time- consuming process going through each category.
Pacho's animated gifs and background galleries home.keyworld.net/pachoThis site has some really unique animated gifs far from the normal - a likeness of Bill Gates morphing into a devil for example, and The Beatles' heads rolling about. Pretty user friendly and some interesting alternatives to the usual marble.
Web graphics on a budget
Web Graphics on a Budget sets out to provide home page builders guidance and tips on how to create an effective while not expensive Web site. The site includes Paintshop Pro tutorials in a pdf file for downloading.
Animated gifs online
An orderly collection of some 250 animated gifs in a quick and easy to view frame format. There are also pages showing you how to make your own animated gifs.
The Chank Store
Chank Diesel is the Elvis of the font world. His "Mister Frisky" made it on the cover of Taco Bell's promo material - enough said. The Chank Store has many free, cutting edge and (dare we say) funky fonts for downloading. Chank adds a new one each week too. Fonts are submitted by designers from all over the world and there are even remixes of previous featured fonts. Chank also sells "fonts worth paying for" - five for $US59.
Chank's Rockstar Font Archive
Font man Chank Diesel takes rock stars' handwriting samples and turns them into fonts for free downloading exclusively from Screenlife.
Astigmatic one eye
After visiting a number of font makers' Web sites, one should come to the conclusion as I have, that these are a weird breed of, ergh, humans. Take Astigmatic One Eye (AOE) for example (the name alone should ring some alarm bells), one of its freebies is called The KillMeCraig Font, "26 simulated scenes of Craig's demise". AOE offers freeware fonts and "commercial fonts at costs close to shareware prices" about $US10 and there are new fonts each month.
Lots of people in boxes
This site takes you to the "Beetles and Dry Fish" page which is currently under construction but offers two fonts to download for free, aptly titled "Bastard" and "Puppetface". Some interesting graphic design at work too.
A bit of this . . . a bit of that
MWRJ is a great launch pad for many of the Web authoring freebies currently available. It has links to free Web page providers (like Geocities, see below), HTML resources, fonts, graphics, backgrounds, bullets, buttons, forms, CGI hosting, e-mail, guest books, chat rooms for your page, counters and trackers.
Geocities hosts Web sites for free, yes free! Like a number of others (see MWRJ's site for links), Geocities will provide you with up to 2Mb of space provided that on your site you display a link back to Geocities. You can design your pages online using one of Geocities' HTML or Java editors or can upload your files using Geocities' EZ Upload utility. With the site you also get an e-mail address and access to free utilities such as guestbooks and counters. Sites must be non-commercial and no advertising is allowed. ARN loves one site in particular, www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/4816 - check it out.
ABCtec provides some neat freebies: fonts, loads of pictures and backgrounds in Pickture and the Java Colour Picker (www.abctec.com/J/) which has three scroll bars (red, green and blue) - you move the scrolls to produce the colour you want and it tells you the HTML colour code - neato!
You host your own chat room on your Web site free, courtesy of Paralogic. All ParaChat needs is five lines of HTML and it supports up to 25 chatterers.
The voting booth builder
You write the question, the set of answers to choose from, throw in some HTML and you've got a voting booth ready to go on your Web site.