December 4, 2013
I think we can all agree that setting up any kind of website takes a good deal of time (whether that be a proper blog or some Facebookesque social network). I mean, one of the several duties of startup developers is to create that web presence for their companies – because it takes some actual skill to create a fully working site with all of its ideal functions.
Nowadays, some of the most popular websites are search and decision websites, where the primary goal of the site is to help users easily sort through options in order to make the right decisions (think Yelp or Kayak). There’s a lot of back-end coding involved, though, and data aggregation takes a long time. Now, WebKite has made it possible for anyone to create a functional search site of their own with whatever data they have, without the need for all that tedious work.
WebKite is a platform that turns any client’s/user’s data into a dynamic website. All of the data provided to the company is compiled into a comparative analysis format that can be used to create various search and decision websites (from an interactive review site or directory, to a comparison engine or catalogue of products).
While the WebKite process seems confusing, it’s actually very simple (then again, I had to have the process clarified for me by WebKite founder, Eric Silver). So, for instance, if I – as a Tech Cocktail writer – want to put together, say, a site listing all the various angels and VCs, I must first have all of that data readily available on some spreadsheets. Then, I can take that data, run it through the WebKite platform, and I’ll quickly be provided with a site based on the data that I’ve provided, which will be categorized into various filters and lists (e.g. “VCs explicitly funding hardware” or “angel investors in Kansas City”). The platform has a full set of tools that allows users to control how the site interface will look and how everything is displayed, as well as control how to sort through the data you’ve entered.
Because there’s no need for coding or data aggregation (WebKite does all of this), sites can easily be created with just the use of available datasets. This makes it significantly easier for anyone out there with any perceivably helpful data to create a data-focused website that shares this content on the Web. So, I mean, if you’ve got some data on bánh mì sandwich shops, feel free to use WebKite and publish that data (for me).
WebKite was most recently featured at Tech Cocktail’s Pittsburgh Mixer & Startup Showcase.
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