Brace Aims To Make Website Hosting Idiot Proof

Here's something for Scooby and the gang. A new service called Brace is using Dropbox to organize and sync files to personal websites. Seemingly targeted at consumers looking for a simple, drag and drop alternative to things like FTP and Github, Brace is offering a clean and straightforward interface for managing files and styles on a website. But where did Brace come from?

Commenters on Hacker News have noticed similarities to the service Backlift, and even spotted a Backlift email address at 0:44 in the Brace demo video (below). Maybe there's some rebranding or off-shooting going on? Brace looks similar to other services like Pancake, site44 and, oh yeah, Backlift, but it could be a solid contender in this space because of its feature set.

For example, Brace creates two versions of your website so you can see changes show up as you make them in one version without actually publishing them until everything is just right. You put changes live with a blue button that says "Ship It," the git commit of the drag and drop world. Since you can preview everything in the first version, it's unlikely that you would accidentally "ship" something before its really ready. The demo video also makes some claims about methods for hosting websites across Brace servers to keep things running even in case of unexpectedly heavy traffic, but it's too soon to tell about that. Early access starts in October, and maybe things will get less secretive between now and then so you know what you're signing up for. [Hacker News]