I’m so excited to share with you all the new kid in the blogging platform block : OnSugar.
I got the news in my Google Reader one fine morning and one thing caught me : free access to Getty Images and Fashion Week photos! Oh my! As I have been blogging for quite some time, one of the most tedious things to do is to find images. Not just any image, it must be an image that’s free from copyright restrictions. Getting in a legal mess just because of a picture is the last thing I want to have in my blogging journey.
So since I was already a member in the Sugar Networks, I quickly headed to OnSugar and created my first website. Check out Sweet as Sugar. It’s just a test website though, so not much is there actually.
Anyway that aside, I’m so in love with this blogging platform. It’s like the bastard child of tumblr and wordpress plus so much more features. To see the sneak peeks please read more to continue. It’s gonna be long so I hope you can keep up with it!
The dashboard looks a lot like Tumblr’s Dashboard.
This is because OnSugar offers different type of posts. However as you can see OnSugar has more variety in post types. Let me go through them.
Gallery allows you to.. well, make gallery of photos.
You upload photos from your hard disk using a Java applet.
Oddly enough they don’t give options to make a gallery of photos from Getty Images or Fashion Week.
Check out a test gallery.
This is so exciting! You’re given a “canvas” to create a “look”. Basically you can add photos of different products you like! The search is provided through ShopStyle, which then will search numerous online shopping websites. It’s very user friendly. Just click add image, and search.
The search can further refined by brand, price, store, and sale.
After adding the images, you can freely move your images and resize it. You can also add some text.
You can also add a background to the photos so it looks like a polaroid.
Check out the spread post.
Poll and Quiz
Well these two are pretty explanatory.. To make polls and quizzes, in an easy, automated way.
No more going to external poll maker such as PollDaddy.
Others (basic stuff)
The other stuff is pretty much the same with Tumblr. Quote, Link, Chat, Video, and Audio. I wonder what’s the limit for video and audio upload though.
Now even though I’ve been comparing it with Tumblr, it has features that Tumblr doesn’t.
It again has different types of pages that you can add, based on the categories. If you want to add something more generic, such as About Me, you can add “text”.
Similar of that of WordPress, you can easily customize your sidebar by adding pre-designed widgets. Including twitter and flickr too!
Of course if you want something more generic, there’s always “Text or HTML”.
OnSugar offers RSS Feed, and “Follow this site” feature. If someone, a member of TeamSugar, follows your site, he/she will get e-mail alert everytime you post a new post.
There are pre-made themes but we’re free to customize the themes using the in-built theme editor.
I think the pre-made themes are pretty enough though 🙂
Verdict : KEWLNESS.
What I like
- Different types of posts that doesn’t require any programming
- Free Getty Images and Fashion Week photos. Plus ShopStyle photos too.
- Clean and fast interface
- No advertisements
- Fully editable theme (CSS) with user-friendly editor
What I don’t really like
- Only TeamSugar registered users can leave comments (a subtle forced sign up)
- Inflexible. Codes are not open source and there are no plugins to be added. But who needs plugins anyway when there are already many features bundled?
- OnSugar.com subdomain. I hope in the future it can support custom domain name though.
- In the Spread post, you can’t rotate or flip things. In short, no further image editing capabilities are available.