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tools for generating websites, online presentations, digital stories and hypertexts

Website Generators & Digital Stories

WordPress.com
Free site and blog generator. (Check out the different theme options. These are how you transform it from a blog into a website.)

Related WordPress Tools:
WordPress ThemesSource for free WP themes.
PoeticaCollaborative editing & commenting tool (WordPress plugin)

Wix
Free website generator. Offers many easy to use themes. Simple drag and drop page layout/editing process.

Google Sites
Website creation tool. Not the prettiest option but it integrates well with other Google tools.

Squarespace
Site generator (Not free.)

Medium
Social blogging tool, good for long-form pieces with embedded media.

Shorthand Social
Digital publishing/storytelling tool, good for long-form pieces with embedded media.

Atavist
Digital publishing/storytelling tool, good for long-form pieces.

Adobe Spark: Page
Spark is a free and web-based graphic design tool from Adobe. There are three main components to Spark: Post, Page, and Video. Each can be used in your browser or via an installed app. Page offers templates and allows you to create dynamic webpages. Useful for web-based presentations which can be contained on one page (rather than a full, multi-page website).

Digital Presentations/Posters

Prezi
Free presentation tool. Allows you to design something like a large/interactive poster. You are able to zoom and move around on this poster to take the audience from one point to the next. Allows you to embed images, text, sound, and video. Very handy and useful, but there is a bit of a learning curve.

Glogster
Tool for creating interactive multimedia posters. Popular and easy to use but no longer free. Costs $30 (as of 5/2017).

Adobe Spark: Page
Spark is a free and web-based graphic design tool from Adobe. There are three main components to Spark: Post, Page, and Video. Each can be used in your browser or via an installed app. Page offers templates and allows you to create dynamic webpages. Useful for web-based presentations which can be contained on one page (rather than a full, multi-page website).

Hypertexts & Choose Your Own Adventure Games

Twine
Free interactive storytelling & game design tool. Allows you to create hypertexts. These are modular digital texts with links connecting different modules to each other– think of a “choose your own adventure” book in digital form. Twine can be used by individuals with little to no HTML experience, but Twine also accepts HTML markup and can be styled/customized. It’s easy to pick up the basics with Twine and, if it’s primarily all text, it’s easy to generate something quickly. Can be more time intensive to make if you want graphics, more complicated loops of choices.

tools for creating interactive and embeddable components for digital projects

Infographics:

Canva
Useful infographic/graphics generator. Free and many templates to select form.

Easel.ly
Useful infographic/graphics generator. Free and many templates to select from.

Adobe Spark: Post
Spark is a free and web-based graphic design tool from Adobe. There are three main components to Spark: Post, Page, and Video. Each can be used in your browser or via an installed app. Post offers templates and allows you to create embeddable graphics. Useful for generating stylish graphics for websites and social media.

Timelines:

Timeline.js
Timeline generator tool from Knightlab.

Time Toast
Timeline generator

Dipity
Timeline generator

Misc:

Thing Link
Generates interactive/annotated images/video. Offers free and premium options.

Juxtapose
Image/frame comparison tool from Knightlab. Allows you to juxtapose two images and easily swipe back and forth between them. Very handy for before/after images and when you want point out subtle changes/differences between two images.

Adobe Spark: Video
Spark is a free and web-based graphic design tool from Adobe. There are three main components to Spark: Post, Page, and Video. Each can be used in your browser or via an installed app. Video offers templates and allows you to create animated videos. Think of these as animated slideshows. This is something you can also do by exporting an animated PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation as a video, however, Spark: Video streamlines this process and offers stylish templates.

Are there other tools you can recommend? Let me know and I’ll add them!