As social media sites grow some-more large and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the accessible customization of Myspace to a new epoch of users looking to conclude their online participation in a singular way.
Universe is a mobile-based website builder for the social media era, eschewing difficult templates for simply customizable website “filters” that pin smart designs to a grid settlement where users can drag and dump photos, videos and icons to build up a mobile-optimized website in mins on the company’s iOS app.
“People use Universe since they wish to build a website on their phone and they wish full control over how that site looks,” founder Joseph Cohen told TechCrunch. “In many ways we are trying to collect up the rod from Tumblr.”
The group launched with $3.2 million in appropriation last year from Box Group, General Catalyst, Greylock Partners and Eniac Ventures. We profiled the startup then; now they’re about to emerge from Y Combinator’s latest startup category with some new appropriation and an augmenting underline set for users.
When the service first launched it was a single-page home for discerning information and links that you could build in just a notation or two. The site has confirmed the discerning onboarding site creation, but last month, the mobile-focused app began rebellious multi-page sites that could smoke-stack pages together with a elementary CMS with which users could blog directly onto their sites.
“If you demeanour at us like a website builder, the product DNA is some-more like LEGO,” Cohen said.
The combined functionality gives users significantly some-more to go off of and deepens the application for artists using the site to show off their portfolio. The company has prolonged confirmed that they wish to help you create the website that you couple to in your Instagram bio; that’s a flattering parsimonious goal, but the startup has usually combined facilities that make this a flattering convincing sell.
The combined application is causing a bonus in traffic to the startup’s network of sites with traffic augmenting 10 percent week-over-week, while the network of sites built on Universe grows by thousands any week, as well. The app was also recently featured as the App of the Day on the App Store.
In terms of pricing, the service is free for users who are excellent having their site on the Universe domain (ex. lucasmatney.onuniverse.com), and $3 per month for those that would like their own URL. Additionally, users can hack up an additional $3 to supplement analytics or strip divided the Universe trademark from the bottom of the site.
You can download Universe for free on iOS.