Cargocollective is a personal publishing application that is available by invitation only. In some cases users can send their portfolio over to be considered for membership. Once accepted users receive a free standing personal website with their own URL, a wide variety of templates, and simple but sophisticated tools to control the way their content is displayed. In addition, Cargocollective offers its members a personal network of other highly skilled artists, designers and creative individuals, thereby making themselves known by their talent and artistic contributions within the community. Ever Cargocollective site has a "front side" and a "back side." This means that there is a public-facing site and a personal site where the user can engage with and interact with the other Cargocollective members. Also since Cargocollective is all about what's creative, they have a large number of special templates that are customizable but also incredibly stylish. Finally Cargocollective will support its members with both site customization and account troubles with their service team.
Cargocollected was created by Folkert Gorter, Josh Pangell and Rene Daalder. It was inspired by their similar project, Spacecollective. It was developed in conjunction with many students as a place where they could showcase their work and kind of blend the concept of an online blog and portfolio. Cargo is simply a place where creative people can express themselves.
The caliber of the content displayed on Cargocollective is really what sets it apart from other services and communities. Since it is invitational only, the members are truly special. Also the site aims to make every aspect of its a functionality in some way an expression of the members' talent.
Cargocollective can be used by HTML programmers and amateurs alike. They have designed the site to be customizable in an intuitive way so people can focus on expressing themselves and their art as opposed to just coding. Cargocollective wants their application to be functional and fun as well.
New members are chosen based on some portfolio or the scope of their work that is already online. Also some members can petition for a membership by sending samples of their work to the Cargocollective team. Once invited, new users will be sent all the instructions needed in order to setup their account.
When users first sign up and activate their Cargo account, they're automatically running on the free basic service which includes: Cloud hosting, 12 Projects, 3 Pages, 100MB storage, Edit CSS and 5 Membership Invites.
To access additional features Cargocollective offers Upgraded membership at $66/year or $9/month. This includes: Unlimited Projects and Pages (up to 6GB), Unlimited bandwidth, Advanced Editing (Edit CSS and add custom HTML), Custom URL (Cargo does not host or sell domains) and All Cargo Designs.
Cargocollective is ideal for designers, architects, artists- really anyone who is creative and skilled at expressing something visually. Unfortunately, the site is restricted to those who fit the bill or who are selected by the panel at Cargocollective, so this application unfortunately cannot help as many people as perhaps it could if it were more open and more available.