Among the many reasons I hate MySpace, one of the main ones is layouts. They suck! And to make it worse, the whole custom layouts infrastructure is based on web designers having to explain that it involves pasting code in “About Me” section — something totally alien to the mainstream demographic that MySpace targets. From the makers of website creation engine Weebly, which debuted at Rev2 this time last year, comes SnapLayout — a service set to solve all MySpace layout problems, and more.
SnapLayout works with a simple two-step process. You enter your MySpace login info on their homepage, and you’re instantly taken to a page with a preview of your MySpace profile. At the top is a header full of customization options, including a colour pallette, background image, box style, center style, text/font styles, and a ton of other minor options like the background scroll, space on the top, and transparency. You can also create a slideshow for your header.
Also in the header is a ‘Widgets’ tab, which lets you automatically add widgets to your MySpace profile. They offer most of the main ones that are popular among MySpace users, including a widget for YouTube, Google Video, Gifts, and Twitter. There’s also ones for adding textboxes and pictures. You can simply go ahead and drag the widget into the preview frame and place it appropriately, a la Facebook. With MySpace’s ignorance, this is the first time widgets have officially been brought together.
After you have had a play with everything and you’ve got your profile to look just the way you like it, you can hit the “Publish” button. This will instantly update the look of your real MySpace profile.
And just in case you didn’t notice, you haven’t had to touch a line of code or go through an overwhleming sign up process with SnapLayout. For a couple examples of how an end profile looks like, check out the ones created by MC Hammer and iJustine. Embedded below is their demo video.