Sampa Beta Builds Sites

    June 13, 2006

Former Microsoft employee Marcelo Calbucci wants you to have a website. And he’d like it very much if you use his new product, called Sampa, to build it. Although it denies simple classification, Calbucci speaks of Sampa as a “blog on steroids.” It’s for home or business use.

Available now in early beta form, Sampa is also described as “the easiest and most powerful way to create a website for your business, family or group.” It is intended to act as a platform for a variety of user-created applications, including blogs, newsgroups, pages, photo albums, and family trees.

Sampa is being marketed as an intuitive, easy-to-learn tool – “even without using Sampa you are already familiar with it” – but early reviews seem to indicate its learning curve is a little steep for non-programmers. It’s possible this could be addressed in the next version, or Calbucci may just target another audience.

The beta is available as a free download; the pricing structure for the finished product is not yet listed on the Sampa site. The release date is also not to be found, but portions of the site are running Sampa, which should give some indication of its fit and finish. The requirements to run the product are minimal.

The Sampa site boasts it requires “no programming,” describes it as “comprehensive,” and speaks of “easy editors.” In more concrete terms, it will offer a private administrative panel and site configuration. And on the more technical side of things, it has “Tags, AJAX, Comments, Trackbacks (incoming and outgoing), Automatic Trackbacks (super cool!) [sic], Syndication, RSS, OPML, MovableType Export, and Feedbar.”

One last claim from the site: “If you are either a business looking to create a web presence (or move away from a complex or expensive solution), or if you are an individual that would like to have a place for your pictures, your blog and other cool services, Sampa is the most valuable solution you can find.”

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Doug is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest eBusiness news.