My Experience With ImpressPages:
Jeremy & Herolind
What web development tools have you been using before?
Jeremy: I have used Concrete5 and WordPress mainly. The first one I still use in my work but when it comes to WP, I find it pretty monotonous and believe it works better as a blogging software.
Herolind: Usually I was using PHP and MySQL. I also tried VIVVO CMS. Two problems always occurred: it took me too much time to develop and design all pages one by one; plus the content management for clients was a pain.
How did you come across ImpressPages?
Jeremy: I was googling and it popped out in the results. The first thing that caught my attention was the ability to create and edit websites so easily.
Herolind: A friend told me about ImpressPages. He was using it for a long time. I was intrigued by the easy content management and drag&drop feature.
How did you start with ImpressPages?
Jeremy: I built a demo site on a domain I already had. Actually, I am working on a live site as we speak. The learning curve was, well...there‘s no learning curve. If you know how to click a mouse, then you‘ll know how to successfully use ImpressPages. Drag and drop beautifully creates that ease of use a lot of us were looking for.
Herolind: I went straight to building stable websites. Somehow I believed in ImpressPages from the first sight. It was easy to adapt and start working. It was a relief to work with Themes because all I had to do was to write a few lines in the code and I could create a custom theme for my clients.
What makes ImpressPages attractive to use?
Jeremy: ImpressPages being open source was also an advantage because it means the software‘s free and I get to be involved, become a part of community.
Grid is also important because it allows to develop sites without much coding. Drag&drop – does it get any easier?
Herolind: Multi-linguality was also important to me – before, to make a site with more than one language, I had to manually install the CMS with same design for every language.
I like the pre-made widgets, especially Form because it‘s easy. Before I had to build them manually with PHP.
What do you still miss in ImpressPages?
Jeremy: Nothing that I can think of at the moment. Getting used to the pleasure of it being built using MVC architecture. I think this really enhances IP as well as brings new capabilities to the future.
Herolind: I would love to have a more sophisticated News widget. I‘d like for it to allow me to add news from menu like articles. That I could choose in which page to show it with a simple PHP code. I would also like to have a mobile plugin that creates a new directory or URL, for example m.mysite.com or mysite.com/mobile. I‘d like to create different themes and content for mobile.
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