IMcreator is still a relatively little-known company. It launched in 2011, making it quite a new kid on the website building block.
Although IMcreator hasn’t been around for that long, they clearly understand how to make a good first impression. IMcreator’s homepage is beautiful – there’s no question about that. You’ll instantly fall in love with this website builder, and building a site that makes your business stand out is an exciting process.
IMcreator’s marketing claims it’s “better than WordPress”. That’s a bold claim. Does it stand up to scrutiny? Let’s find out in our comprehensive review…
IMcreator has an impressive homepage with beautiful, bold colours, full-screen video backgrounds, up-to-date hover effects and slick animation.
Try it out for free or sign up for the commercial package for less than £10 a month. That is at the lower end of the pricing scale for a website builder and should appeal to cash-strapped start-ups who need to look professional on a shoestring budget.
IMcreator’s website builder is ideal for small business or personal project use. It’s perfect for people who have an eye for design but lack coding know-how.
With accessible customer service available inside the site editor, non-technical types can get the best out of the platform.
IMcreator’s website-builder service comes with bundled web hosting. This makes getting online easy for people who aren’t comfortable updating DNS records and handling other technical tasks.
If you are a web professional, IMcreator offers a white label solution for designers and agencies for $250 a year.
However, coding customisation options and database integrations are limited, so it might not be the best choice for programmers or larger business who need their website to perform complex functions, such as hotel booking systems or bespoke community networks.
IMcreator presents its templates in a grid format or you can select by business sector.
Their templates are impressive and with just a few hours of work, many people will be able to adapt them to meet their needs.
You can add typical page elements like text boxes, images, videos and galleries with a single click. Pre-formatted options are customisable via a single pop-up control panel, but if you can write code, you may find yourself wanting to tweak things that can’t be tweaked.
This could be a source of frustration, but balance this against the features the platform does offer, and IMcreator stands up favourably against many of its competitors.
Signing up is easy and completed in seconds. There are no annoying hoops to jump through before you get started with the site editing process. Choose a template, start editing and publish once you’re happy. It’s that simple.
Adding elements to a page has been made as easy as possible. Click a “+” sign, choose your Polydom block and it is ready for you to customise, which is done with a click that opens up an intuitive pop up.
The lack of an undo, back or history button was a slight frustration. However, should you need to remove an element, this can be done simply by clicking it and clicking a “red X” symbol.
Other website builders push expensive add-ons or force users choose a domain during the sign up process, hoping to tie them in before they’ve even had a look around. IMcreator does neither, which is a major plus point.
IMcreator’s pricing is clear. There is an always-free option, which means that users can give it a go risk-free. There’s no pressure to upgrade within a 30-day trial period, another favored trick of companies in this space.
Commercial pricing is shown in US dollars, and starts from as little as $5.95 a month, around £4. This is in the lower end of the price scale and should be a serious pull factor for IMcreator. The white label solution for designers and agencies is $250, or around £175. This relatively high price point should ensure that only serious customers choose to use IMcreator, therefore maintaining the quality and reputation of the platform.
|Students, Artists & Non Profits||Completely free, forever|
|Commercial use||$5.95 monthly/three years|
|Resellers, white labels and Pros||$250 annually|
IMcreator includes the key elements required to build a brochure site, and all have been executed well. There are some very nice touches, including the option to apply contemporary hover effects to most page elements. IMcreator’s most striking feature is the quality of the templates and pre-designed layout elements, which really stand out.
E-commerce is achieved with a simple one-click install. The plugin in powered by ShopRocket and does a neat job. It comes with a 2% fee per transaction. It doesn’t have powerful features of platforms like ECWID or Woo Commerce, but it’s effective enough to enable online sales.
Adding a blog is also a one-click affair, but unfortunately things got slightly confusing here. It took a while to figure out how to add a new post. Considering how intuitive the rest of the experience is, this was an anomaly and something IMcreator needs to work on in future releases.
Their mobile solution is also slightly puzzling. IMcreator claims to be fully responsive, but it simply resizes the desktop version of the site. Not ideal, but not disastrous and not a deal breaker for this effective builder.
Other great features include: flexible layout options, one-click additions of site elements and easy access to adding HTML. The ability to edit ‘inside the Head’ is useful for integrating third-party applications such as Facebook tracking pixels and Google Analytics.
IMcreator has around 100 fonts to choose from, all of which are modern and stylish. There’s no Helvetica or Comic Sans, so the chances of your site looking clichéd are small.
|Beautiful template design||The SEO settings for each page are limited|
|Intuitive, easy-to-use website builder||Not great for large-scale sites|
|Great pricing, including a free level||No specific mobile site editor|
IMcreator have embedded customer support options inside their site editor. New users can watch an intro video that outlines the major features of the software. There is an extensive Knowledge Base, with documentation and articles available 24/7, and direct access to Customer Support.
IMcreator’s web building software is slick, easy to use and packed with widgets. The site builder is very easy to get to grips with. If you do get stuck, customer support is quite literally a click away.
If you’re looking for something modern and beautiful, look no further. IMcreator has that side of things covered. It’s perfect for personal projects, portfolios and small business sites.
If you want to sell products online, you can. You won’t find an easier E-commerce option out there. The downside comes with the lack of customisation options. And IMcreator’s E-commerce partner ShopRocket currently only supports USD($), GBP(£) and Euros(€), which is a real issue. This problem can be sidestepped by using an HTML embed of something like ECWID.
If you want to blog, this is easy. It might be less than perfect right now, but this feature will inevitably be improved in future releases of the software.
So, is it better than WordPress? Well, that depends on your needs.
If you are in the market for something for a start-up or niche business, selling a limited range of goods or services online and leaving a very positive impression on prospective customers, IMcreator hits the bulls-eye.
If you’re looking for an enterprise solution with database integration and thousands of items for sale, maybe stick with WordPress.
For the most part, IMcreator is a very, very impressive product.