Early Adopter: Accelsor Takes Web Sites From Prototype to Publish in Zero Steps

A couple of guys born in the ’90s, using programming languages born in the 2000s, build a drastically different Web site creation tool—how much more “next generation” can you get?

Accelsor, pronounced “accel-sir,” is a tool for quickly developing Web sites, which combines the prototyping and coding stages into a single step.

The brainchild of Mark Nadal and Hunter Owens, Accelsor is part of a new generation of software that is built, not converted, for running in a Web browser.

Web-based real-time editing isn’t new, and it certainly seems to be the direction software is heading.

But Accelsor separates itself from other Web-based prototyping tools, like Mockingbird, in that the mock-up process doesn’t just produce a picture, but a publishable Web site.

Strictly speaking, the mock-up is already a published Web site by the time users make their first change.

When a user makes a box on screen, it creates a “div” in the code. When the user colors the box cornflower blue, Accelsor adds the appropriate “#6495ED” color code to that “div.”

How does it work? It’s all enabled by a fairly new set of Web programming frameworks, built on top of HTML5 and CSS3 standards.

For the uber-geeks in the audience, Nadal adds, “It’s all jQuery, Node and MongoDB.”

In addition to the combined creation process, the creation interface is a differentiator.

The whole thing is run with either mouse or swipe commands on a touchpad, plus on-screen options that change based on the context.

“The main reason why we went toward that approach was because I got sick of drop-down menus and dialogue boxes in Dreamweaver,” Nadal said of the well-known Adobe product.

The new version, released today, also enables dynamic elements to be added to the Accelsor-created pages.

Owens and Nadal, both 19, have already placed well at start-up competitions with the previous versions of Accelsor, and have applied to be part of Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator’s next class.

The whole thing has been boot strapped so far, supported by the money Owens makes running mytechquestion.com, which is like Apple’s Genius bar service, but online and for all kinds of tech problems.

While the final implementation of the Web app is undecided, one of the most interesting applications is real-time viewing and collaboration “over-the-air.”

I was able to watch in real time on my smartphone, over AT&T’s slower EDGE network, while Nadal created a new Web page from scratch.

Of their interactivity features, Nadal added, “If shared editing were turned on, you could have made edits to that page from your device as well.”

The service is still in closed beta.

But you can see it in the video below. Owens and Nadal dropped by to demo the improved service, and did so by recreating the front page of my personal Web site in about a minute.


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