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Berta.me

Artistic Web Site Builder


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Published 04/23/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Adam Brown
What can you use the app for?

Berta allows you to create a custom website. Berta focuses on simplicity and its free nature. Drag and drop features and intuitive editing options are among its main features. Berta seeks a market that has little skill in web design. Design and editing can take place from the browser window with a free sign up. The app allows users to host the created web site on Berta servers or on the user’s own. Hosting on Berta servers costs 19.99 euros a year. This app makes web design more accessible to the average internet user. That's the main benefit. Its flexibility and convenient design make it an easy tool to learn and use. Many apps offer similar features. Berta is only one of many options.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Berta was created by Latvian designer Sandijs Ruluks. He now lives in the Netherlands. Sandijs first made it for his own use. He then expanded it to include his friends. It then gained in popularity among an artistic community. Websites created with Berta include those of designers, artists, illustrators, art galleries and photographers. Berta, seed funded by Latvian grant program Atsperiens, is mostly used by artistic types in the Netherlands, Latvia and other European countries. Much of Berta’s web traffic also comes from Spain, Ukraine and Russia. The name “Berta” is a play on the word “Beta.” Berta says it is constantly testing and upgrading, or in Beta.

What are the differences to other apps?

Content management systems similar to Berta are increasingly common. They're growing along with the popularity of creating your own web page. Berta scaters to an artistic community. It's target market has high demands when it comes to design. They don't have much technical skill. Berta’s design options are imaginative options. Its flexible “Messy template” is basically a blank slate. Berta also includes a Shop plugin. This allows users to customize prices for items, shipping and payment options, taxes and more.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

After registering with Berta, the user gets to a surprisingly simple editor. It looks at first like a blank browser screen. The main small feature is a menu in the upper left corner. Comment boxes on the page tell the user how to set up a page. The comment boxes are only there on first use. The editor follows a logical structure. A user can master the basics even without reading the instructions. Clicking around the various features of the page is often enough to learn. The editor does, however, require an imagination. It doesn't give hints or tips for the visual aspects of design. The app, on first impression, looks mainly like white space. It's appeal appears when the user starts to fill in the web design.

How does the registration process work?

Registration with Berta is easy. Clicking the “Sign Up” button on the upper left hand corner of the home page leads the user to a simple form. Here, the user only has to write in an e-mail address and a name. Writing A confirmation e-mail with username and password is sent to the user’s e-mail address, along with a link to the user’s new site. From there. Filling in the two blank fields will take the user to a largely blank browser screen with minimalist design. The initial 10 editing options range from choosing a template to selecting a language and filling out introductory texts. It also provides easy set up for a Google Analytics ID and some basic JavaScript code instructions.

What does it cost to use the application?

Berta is free to use as an editor. The charge for hosting is 19.99 euros a year. It comes with a free trial period of 30 days. Hosting includes 1 GB of storage space, daily backups, Google Analytics support and automatic updates. The Berta Shop option costs 9.99 euros a month and includes 10 GB of storage space. The Shop option comes with an e-mail address, PayPal API integration, a shopping cart and all of the options that are included in the hosting package.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Berta is created by and for artistic types. It’s aimed at web users with imagination and little technical skill. Berta targets artists who don't want to learn to use more specialized tools. Berta seeks to give them artistic freedom.

  • Website creation in a matter of minutes
  • Shop option that allows users to profit
  • Editing functions that maximize artistic freedom
  • Daily backups
  • Free 30-Day Hosting


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