Nowadays, there are many services that allow you create a website with little to no effort. WordPress, for example, arguably the most-popular web content creation platform, currently powers 75,262,365 sites (worldwide) – including this one.

Cactus for Mac is a brand-new website creation offering that combines the use of template engines, CSS pre-processors, CoffeeScript, local web servers, cloud hosting and auto reloading, to build a ‘significantly improved’ way to create, and then publish, websites to the web.

Cactus does this by using a static site generator to generate your site into a set of flat files, and then provides an internal web server to show you all of your changes almost immediately.

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Just pick from one of the predefined templates (Blog, Portfolio, Profile), or start from scratch if you like. The built-in Django template engine will allow you to set out your website just how you want it, with changes available to be viewed on any device – instantly, complete with auto reload.

Once you feel that your website is finished, deploying it to Amazon S3 account for reliable, fast and inexpensive hosting, is just a few clicks away. Cactus will even automatically configure your name servers. All you need to do is choose one of your currently owned domain names, and you’re off.

Complete with a free and open source terminal version, (for those comfortable in coding, versus using a GUI), optional plugins to add custom functionality, and a boilerplate for creation of error pages, site maps and robots.txt files – right out of the box, Cactus was just updated with a whole bunch of improvements and bug fixes – and is now available on the Mac App Store, for $29.99.

Start creating beautiful websites, today.

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