You’re trying to evaluate an online service, wondering if they’d have the features you are looking for when - katching, a window pops up on the bottom of the page asking if it can be of any assistance. You reply, and your queries are quickly answered by a real, live human. That’s the magic of live chat. Online SaaS and e-commerce systems can be uninhabited, impersonal places. Adding the digital equivalent of a salesperson helping website visitors can be the difference between a happy customer and another sale lost to competitors.

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The theme showcase gallery is ready! Now you can browse the gallery and install a theme just by clicking on it. This is the themes listed at Hugo Theme Showcase. Aggregated meta information We automatically aggregate and build a JSON file each week that contains the extracted meta information from each of the 86 themes. I also check if each theme has an exampleSite folder and a config.toml file and if they have we give them a star in the frontend.

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In our latest theme: hugo-bootstrap-premium we have integrated a newsletter opt-in form that is super easy to customize without any coding. You only have to enable the form and add your Zapier post hook that’s post to MailChimp to use it.

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Update! After users having expressed concerns about privacy we contemplated the implications over the weekend what impact it would have to add a custom sign up and log in with e-mail and a user-generated password to the static website service.

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A static website is fast and secure but it is not easy to start a new blog or website if you don’t know a lot of commands, tools and also how to install them.

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There was a case of a very sticky cache and this doesn’t work well if you immediately would want to check changes. Site preview has also been moved to its own subdomain: preview.appernetic.io, and now it is also possible to view the site preview if you are not signed in, so it is easier to share the URL and collaborate.

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Cloudinary is a cloud service that offers a solution to a web application’s entire image management pipeline. Easily upload images to the cloud. Automatically perform smart image resizing, cropping and conversion without installing any complex software.

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We have made significant performance improvements of our service and have dug deep into everything on the client and server side. All images is now sent with Cloudinary’s Akamai CDN.

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If you just have set up your Appernetic account you need to add a theme. The easiest way is to clone a theme which you can do from the drop down button beside the blue Preview button to the right.

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With Appernetic we are building a static web generator as a service that is easy to use for non-technical users and add some extra value. To start with we have included an easy to use editor, visual tree view, image upload, site preview, continuous integration with GitHub, auto save and theme cloning.

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