Website designs have changed significantly over the past couple of decades. Just take a look at this screenshot of the Apple home page, dating back to March 4, 2004 compared with how the page looks today.

 

Apple Page Then and Now

 

The difference is obvious. Not only have the functionalities of websites drastically improved, but the aesthetics have been taken up a notch as well. And it’s understandable. Today, websites are the face of a company, often times the initial point of contact with costumers, so making a good first impression is vital.

 

Therefore, here are a few tools that you can use to make your website look cooler.

 

Tint

Tint allows users to embed social media feeds into their page in a streamlined and attractive manner. You can aggregate posts from any Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Youtube, Pintrest, and Google+ account or you can aggregate your Tint feed to show results from more drilled down details like hashtags.

 

Tint’s competitive edge is its flexibility and its focus on design. These features have won over big name clients like the NBA, The Lumineers, Chelsea FC, and Williams Sonoma.

 

Chelsea FC Social Pulse

 

The good news is that Tint offers free, but limited access to its features. The basic (and free) account will allow your feed to connect to a maximum of two social accounts, with updates every 1-2 hours, and performance analytics. The Pro account gives your feed a maximum of 10 connects to social accounts, updates every 5 minutes, and hashtag connections, just to name a few features.

 

Why the name “Tint”? CEO Tim Sae Koo explains that, “you tint your car window to make it look cooler; we tint your websites/marketing channels to make it more engaging and dynamic.”

 

Wikimedia Commons

The image section of Wikimedia Commons gives you access to an enormous database of photographs, drawings, icons, and vector images – all free to use as long as you follow the conditions stipulated by the author. A common condition is that you attribute the work to the author, but many images are free of conditions and can be used even for commercial purposes.

 

Here’s an example of a cool image that could be used on a blog, for instance.

 Typewriter

 

Infogr.am

Infogr.am allows users to create and embed eye-catching infographics. A built-in spreadsheet lets you import your data and with over 30 chart types – everything from pie charts to pictorials – you can find the right layout for your data. You can even make interactive graphics for added engagement.

Though it launched in February 2012, growth has been rapid. Seventh months after launch, Infogr.am, the 100,000th infrographic was created through the site. Today, just a short 20 months since its start, Infogr.am boasts the creation of over 1.2 million infographics and calls itself “the fastest growing data visualization community on the planet.”

 

infogr.am

 

Like Tint, Infogr.am offers basic some features for free but others come along with a charge. The starter account gives you access to a variety of themes and charts, but for $18 per month, the Pro account offers additional themes, the ability to download infographics as PDF or PNGs, and password protection of infographics.

  

Do you have any feedback on Tint, Wikimedia Commons, or Infogr.am? Let us know @NapkinBetaBeyond.