Mozilla intros 'ridiculously simple' website creator: Thimble

Mozilla intros 'ridiculously simple' website creator: Thimble

Summary: Mozilla debuts a simple website creator of its own, Thimble, which allows Internet users to publish sites written in HTML and CSS from the browser window within minutes.

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Making it easier than ever to make your own simple webpage to spread the memes of your dreams, Mozilla has introduced Thimble, touted as "ridiculously simple" for making websites.

Taking on the likes of Wordpress, Thimble is targeted at basically anyone interested in creating and sharing their own webpages and other projects in as fast as a few minutes.

The difference here is that Thimble isn't really a blog-type page creator, but rather maybe more like the AOL-owned About.Me splash page maker for those Internet users with a little HTML and CSS knowledge.

Matt Thompson, communications director and chief storyteller for the Mozilla Foundation, described on the official Mozilla blog that Thimble "removes many of the barriers for novice users trying to learn code, and includes a series of starter projects and templates to help anyone get started quickly."

To get started, Thimble is a simple visual editor that allows users write and edit HTML within a browser window, and then preview and publish after that.

Along with Thimble, Mozilla is simultaneous introducing Webmaker.org, which will essentially serve as a gallery for promoting how to use Thimble as well as other Mozilla web creation tools. It will also host 3D web pages and projects from partners such as Tumblr, the London Zoo, and the New York Public Library.

Screenshot via Mozilla Thimble

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  • And it might be at version 7.0 by now

    JK.
    LBiege
  • Looks sort of like an updated version of the old AOLPress...

    which is a possibility, AOL may have included AOLPress with the old NetScape???
    wizard57m-cnet
  • Netscape Compser anybody?

    I remember it allowed people to create visually cheesy personal websites, worst when business use the same tools.
    Richardbz
  • A great start

    To making the web a more standards compliant place, there are far to many badly coded personal websites, written with a series of badly developed software solutions.

    Maybe the next generation of bedroom designers will understand the correct framework and form a more beautiful web...
    Parassassin
  • Oh geeezus!

    Netscape Composer...
    Adobe Pagemill...
    Claris Home Page...
    Microsoft Frontpage...

    They all have two things in common:

    1) They were really good at letting 13-year-olds and 75-year-olds make really bad web pages..
    2) They're all dead.

    Let's hope this latest reincarnation of those pieces of trash falls to the same fate, shall we?
    daftkey
    • I hope not.

      I actually liked the old Netscape Composer. You actually had to know the HTML tags to use them, & you could preview how the page would look even before saving the file.

      As for the really "cheesy" pages... you're thinking of places like the old Geocities, where their "own" website editors/creators were more along the lines of "here are some various pieces that don't really go together, but you can 'create' a website with them & pretend that you know what you're doing."
      spdragoo
  • Did I miss something?

    It appears this site basically is only notepad, with syntax highlighting and preview. It does not appear to provide any designer tools to the webpage, you need to manually type all the html and css. But maybe thats only when viewed in IE9? Don't know why this is news.
    x21x
  • Dreamweaver still the easiest

    I still just prefer dreamweaver since you do not have to know any code what soever. It allows real time designer view so your basically dragging and positioning items just as you want to see them on the web. You can infinately customize it size, fit, and anything you want and do not once have to see code. CSS made it pretty complicated so I not having any code background since using dreamweaver for last 7 years am at a disadvantage but code makes no sense to me at all lol.
    Fletchguy
    • Agreed...

      Hand-coding web pages is akin to opening a Desktop Publishing document in a text editor and trying to manually change the tags so that your fonts and positioning are "just right".

      There shouldn't really be any reason people need to hand-code basic HTML tags anymore these days.
      daftkey