As one of the relatively new kids on the block when it comes to website builders, IM Creator boasts a simple platform that’s easy to use. The website builder is one of the fastest we’ve tested, with several templates that can get sites live and published in a very short time frame. Those fast templates don’t look like they were put together quickly, either. While IM Creator is fast and offers excellent templates, we did encounter a few bugs. Add in the fact that there’s no eCommerce option or viable blog platform, and it’s not suited for every business owner, though many will certainly find IM Creator to be the right fit for effectively building an online presence.
Getting Started with IM Creator
The IM Creator platform gives users two options right from the start: choosing a template or starting with a blank site. (New users aren’t actually prompted to create an account until they are ready to save their work.) Few website builder actually allow you to start with a blank site, and while it’s just for advanced users, that option for customization is available and doesn’t involve purchasing expensive software. IM Creator has a wide variety of templates available, all with a clean, professional design. Along with business categories ranging from services to fashion, the platform also includes options for a “5 Min. Site” and one-page templates that are designed specifically for getting a site live quickly.
Choose your template carefully, though—users can’t change the template without starting from scratch. Where some builders will change the design while still leaving most of the text, images, and other items intact, with IM Creator you have to start over to change the design.
Editing a Page in IM Creator
Choosing a template takes you to a full website that’s filled in with dummy text and stock images—which is why it’s easy to build a page quickly with IM Creator. Users can do more than just change text and images to customize their look, but it’s possible to just swap out text and images to get a website up fast.
Existing elements are edited simply by clicking on that item in the editing mode. With the object selected, options appear at the top of the screen. The options for editing an image, for example, include crop, set info (to adjust SEO details), social (to show the like button) and one-click size adjustments for fill, 1:1 and fit. IM Creator is a drag and drop style editor—items can be rearranged by clicking and moving them around on the page. Some website builders work in blocks, where objects cannot overlap, but IM Creator allows users to layer items over each other with options to bring them to the front or back. Items not built into the template can be added easily with the “Add Elements” option at the top. Click one of the options (which includes picture, text, video, gallery, slideshow, contact, HTML, line, area, menu, submenu and widget) and that item will appear on the page, where users can drag items to the desired spot and then proceed to edit.