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Online Publishing Design Software

Published 06/15/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Cocodot was created to provide users with a way to use creative flair and elegance in their communications. Here, visitors can create attractive invitations and greetings, tailored to their personal situation or requirements. The site takes it a step further by offering not just the design tools to put these items together, but features that allow users to monitor them. Cocodot users can manage any gathering or event from start to finish, right down to the invitation layout and design.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Cocodot was the creation of former MySpace head of marketing and content, Shawn Gold. Based in Los Angeles, California, Cocodot was always intended as something more than an online invitation platform. The mission remains focused on elevating the user’s ability to express themselves online through invitations and greetings. This print-less creation method leaves room for limitless opportunities when the right amount of creativity is applied.

What are the differences to other apps?

Some websites offer users a way to manage RSVPs and update attendees on event information. These sties offer email invitations, but most are severely lacking when it comes to design and appearance. Cocodot is unique because it focuses on the elegance and eye-catching nature of greetings and invitations, giving users a digital creation area to let their imaginations soar. The focus remains on creativity rather than formalities, with functional tools that help users monitor their creations.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Cocodot possesses a very mature feel, with a black background and narrow text highlighted in white and gold. The style is complimentary to the site’s mission statement. All the basic navigation links are easy to find through a clutter-free layout and colorful menus. Users can get right to work creating occasion-specific greetings and invitations using the category listings in the sidebar, or select from the options found at the top of the page.

How does the registration process work?

New users can register through an existing Facebook account or go straight to the registration page. A sleek pop up box appears with a gold register button. Clicking the button shifts the menu to reveal the required fields, which include a first and last name, password and promo code (if applicable). After clicking the small terms of service check box and the register button, new user are asked to verify their account via email. The verification link arrives within seconds and takes users to the login page where the account can be accessed.

What does it cost to use the application?

Cocodot presents users with three diverse membership options. The classic membership is available for just under $30 and is valid for one year. Classic includes unlimited card creation, face book connectivity, editing with fonts and color options, and conversation threads. The next step up costs just under $100 (although temporary reduced to 50% off). Named the deluxe membership, this mid-grade option provides a year of access to additional features including event homepages, weather and map widgets, wedding event pages, bride and groom photos, and gift registry links. A premium membership costs just under $150 and offers all the same features, but extends to 18 months.

Who would you recommend the application to?

While some people may only host one event or less in a year, those who are responsible for more can appreciate what Cocodot can do to streamline the process. Creative individuals will love the flexibility when it comes to personalization and card creation. The membership fees might seem high for digital greetings and invitations, but the price is not as bad when the price of postage is taken into consideration. Sending digital invitations reduces the amount of paper waste and the need for postage, which can save users time as well as money.

  • Event homepages that provide a centralized location to share details about the event
  • Facebook profile linking that makes it easy to connect with friends and family
  • Widgets for certain accounts that can provide additional details, such as weather forecasts and maps to the event location
  • Conversation threads that make invitations more interactive
  • Gift registry links that make the online event information even more inclusive

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