This article will paint a clear picture of IM Creator’s strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between.
Founded by a former Wix employee, IM Creator has struggled to reach the dizzying heights of the popular drag-and-drop platform. Instead, IM Creator finds itself at the foot of the website builder ladder, and for quite a few reasons.
From our research, we found that IM Creator provides a more complicated designing experience than it needs to – in short, it’s not for beginners. For a more user friendly journey, we would recommend Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace. If you’re looking to build an online store, we’d recommend Shopify.
IM Creator is more suited to users with plenty of web design experience. It even offers a whitelabel plan known as IM XPRS, allowing professional web designers to build client websites through the platform.
We’ll go into more detail down the line, where we’ll cover more areas like IM Creator’s template design, tools and features, customer support, and pricing. After reading this article, you’ll know all about the key aspects of building a website with IM Creator, and whether it’s the right platform for you.
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|Aesthetically pleasing templates and design elements – each element can be customized to your chosen template with a quick click, which is something no other builder is currently offering.||Free account only available for students, artists, and non profit organizations, with formal proof required.|
|Keeps your branding consistent, with all design elements aligning to one particular theme – ideal for those not-so-creative users.||Restrictive interface makes it difficult to create a website, especially compared to the freedom found on GoDaddy and Wix. Also, there is no drag-and-drop editor, and little help offered.|
|Ability to change how your website looks on mobile within the desktop editor.||Not for someone just starting out on their website building journey – better suited for non-bespoke web design.|
Believe it or not, IM Creator makes it difficult to actually create a website. This irony stems from a few big issues.
Firstly, unlike most website builders, there is no widget dashboard to help you add elements. With IM Creator, you are required to click somewhere and select the existing element in order to change it.
Secondly, there is no intuitive drag-and-drop feature like on Wix. This is really restrictive because, apart from a few editing clicks, there’s not much you can do with the pre-configured layout. And while it provides more creative freedom than WordPress, IM Creator still falls way behind Squarespace or Weebly in this department.
Lastly, IM Creator doesn’t provide any prompts or guides. You’re somewhat left in the dark – you have to click on the area you’d like to customize, then on three dots, then an icon. The whole customization process is long winded, rather than a breeze.
As we’ve said, IM Creator does offer some slick templates. It has over 30 designs to choose from, which are all mobile responsive so they look good on all screens. These themes are also separated into a wide range of industries, including photography, architecture, weddings, resumes, real estate, and many more.
Like all website builders, each template is pre-populated with sample content, which you can then customize yourself. With IM Creator, you can change the text, imagery, and overall layout with a few clicks, but this isn’t nearly as simple as it is on Wix or Weebly. There is no drag-and-drop feature, which makes editing your website feel much longer than it needs to be.
Feeling adventurous? You also have the option to create a design from scratch. However, if you don’t have much web design experience, we recommend sticking to the templates.
One of the drawbacks with IM Creator’s design flexibility is that you cannot change your template after publishing. So pick carefully – if you want to change templates down the road, you will have to re-insert all of your content.
Another restriction is that you cannot access the HTML or CSS codes. This can be frustrating if you’re a keen coder and want to make custom edits to the templates. Of course, if you aren’t comfortable with codes, then don’t worry about this.
As you know, IM Creator makes it hard to create a website. This is partly due to the features, and their lack of quality and customizability – they’re quite frustrating to use at times, and if you don’t have any web design experience, you’ll struggle with the tools on offer.
However, what we do like about IM Creator’s features is that you can connect your own domain on all price plans. Also, you can implement a donate button for charity websites, and you have access to stock imagery which can help speed things up when designing your site.
IM Creator loses some serious points by not offering an app store, image editing tools, or any email marketing. These are some important features for building a successful website, and can be found on nearly every other website builder on the market.
But what about features in other areas?
Despite its flaws, IM Creator is one of the few website builders to offer ecommerce functionality without requiring you to upgrade your subscription. However, its ecommerce offerings are weak.
The ecommerce features available include store analytics, checkout services, and unlimited storage and bandwidth on all plans, but that’s about it. If you’re serious about creating an online store, you’re much better off using a more established platform like Shopify or BigCommerce.
Adding a blog is great for SEO (search engine optimization), because it’s useful for adding keywords to your website. Blogs are also great for keeping your visitors up to date with your latest news or deals. With IM Creator, you can add a blog using the blue ‘+’ button at the top of the page.
With IM Creator, the basics are there, but the toolbox could be much more comprehensive. And when you consider the fact there’s no access to apps, which can help boost your site’s performance, you can see why this platform doesn’t feature high on our list of favorites.
Website downtime is a right downer. It’s bad experience for your visitors, and it can harm your brand reputation. This is what makes good customer support so important – it can help keep your website in people’s good books, and if you’re running an online store, it can keep the cash flowing in.
The IM Creator support is quite basic. To benefit from 24/7 customer support, you’ll need to upgrade to the premium plan, costing $8 per month – but what do you get from the free plan?
IM Creator uses a ticketing system, allowing customers to submit support tickets with a query or problem, before a support agent comes back with an answer. The average response time is under 12 hours, which is rather impressive considering that IM Creator is currently powering around 11 million websites.
You can also download a helpful user guide, which is something most website builders don’t provide. This gets a big tick from us. On top of that, there is a large knowledge center filled with questions, queries and qualms, which can help you find the answer you need.
Overall, though, the IM Creator support options could be far more comprehensive. For example, there is no live chat support, and you can’t reach out to IM Creator customer agents over the phone.
You now know what IM Creator can (and can’t) provide, but how much will it set you back? Money is a big deal, after all.
In terms of subscriptions, IM Creator offers three plans, which we will dissect below…
Don’t get too excited – the free plan is only for students, artists, and nonprofits. To benefit from this subscription, you’ll need to provide written proof, and a description as to why you need a website. And, as we’ve covered, the customer support is extremely basic on this plan.
Premium – $8/month
This is for businesses. You can connect your own domain, which helps to build your brand identity, and enjoy access to unlimited bandwidth, so you can create a large website without worrying about slow loading speeds. Overall, it’s an affordable option compared to the rest of the market.
Pro and whitelabel – $350/year
As the name suggests, this is a plan for whitelabel businesses. For example, it’s for web design agencies looking to create sites for clients using a website builder. As part of this plan, you get unlimited licenses, which means you can build as many client websites as you like using IM Creator.
We’ve now reviewed all the key areas for building a website with IM Creator. Covering everything from ease of use to customer support, you should now have a clear idea of whether IM Creator is for you.
IM Creator provides virtually no prompts or visual cues when you’re building your site, and it lacks the intuitive drag-and-drop features found on other leading platforms.
You could forgive a platform that’s frustrating to use if it had a free plan. And IM Creator does – to an extent. While there is a free option, it’s only for students, artists, and nonprofits. And you’re required to have written proof.
However, IM Creator does provide some beautiful templates, and you can integrate your blog quite easily. But for everything else, including customer support, ease of use, and ecommerce functionality, IM Creator could do much better – to the point where using this platform may actually create problems for your website.