Qip.li is a simple webpage creator that leaves all the creativity up to the user. The only restriction placed on content is that it may not contain adult material (and the user is responsible for the content they place on a Qip.li created page). Each new page is given its own sub domain. Users can password protect pages by filling out the password field (leaving the field blank keeps the page publicly viewable). The application currently supports HTML, CSS, Java Script and JSON. While working on a new page, the user can toggle between HTML view and style.css view. New pages are added each time the user clicks a small plus sign at the top of the editor. The pages display in tabs at the top of the page for easy access.Show more screenshots »
Qip.li was created by a 17 year old Soufiane Felliaui. The application is one of the founder’s two main products, which also includes 99 Colors Me. The site mentions future updates, including the addition of Jade, CoffeeScript and Stylus support along with API access. Qip.li currently offers users a simple way to create web pages, provided the user has some understanding of coding and website design before they try to make web pages.
It is difficult to compare Qip.li to other website builders because the site caters to a different crowd. While most site builders hone in on users with little to no design and development experience, Qip.li requires some understanding of code (or at the very least, a willingness to learn). The user interface is very simple, but leaves much to be desired as a new user becomes acquainted with it. After finding the tutorial and FAQ pages, the user can access a few helpful resources to guide them in page creation with Qip.li.
A new user who is not familiar with web page creation may be very intimidated when arriving on the Qip.li homepage. The site presents the user with blank boxes and lightly colored code. As the user explores the site, they will gradually learn more and pick up on what Qip.li is and how it works. As long as the user has some website building experience or understanding of basic code, they will be able to acquaint themselves with Qip.li’s interface.
New users can create an account by clicking the small blue head and shoulders silhouette nestled into the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (to the right of the small “Login” link). A transparent pop up box will appear and ask the user to supply a username and password. After doing so and clicking the blue “Register” button below the form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin building pages.
Although it is functional, Qip.li does not offer much in the way of features. This is even more obvious when a user with no coding knowledge stops by. That being said, Qip.li is available to all users for free. This is the best price for the application, considering its purpose and the skill level requirements of its audience. Should additional features be added in the future, then a subscription might be justified. For the time being, Qip.li is priced right where it should be.
Qip.li is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to throw together a simple web page. The site is clean and includes no obstacles to get between the user and their code. The user should arrive on the website with an understanding of what they want to build and how to go about doing it. There are a few resources linked to Qip.li (consisting mostly of the site’s FAQ and a short tutorial), but other than that the user is mostly left to their own devices.