XPRS is the new website builder from IM Creator, and with over 240,000 users already signed up to this platform - they appear to have built up quite a fanbase.
And with ambitious quotes such as "A Better WordPress" (should be "WordPress"), I was itching to test XPRS features.
But what's the difference between IM Creator and XPRS?
If you are looking for the older version of the IM Creator, don't worry as it's still available. Although XPRS is supposedly a better and more elaborated website builder.
IM Creator is a cloud-based, drag and drop website solution with professional templates, offering a free plan for students and nonprofits, a free app, and almost everything you may need to launch your website. The paid White-Labels Pro package is available too, for $350/year.
XPRS is a more elaborated and flexible website builder that can create websites using content blocks, has way better integration with eCommerce and also offers unlimited licenses. You can buy XPRS enterprise package for $250/year. Hosting features and domain connection is also included.
Let's try to look at XPRS more closely as these two look quite similar.
XPRS uses smart content blocks called POLYDOMS to build your website. By adding sections and then designing, they claim that "It's a lot like a game".
Once you choose your section, you are free to edit the elements - but you cannot move them which is a little annoying. The upside of this is that your website will look stunning on a mobile device.
At times, XPRS feels cluttered and can be quite frustrating. There are a lot of icons floating around without any description as of their purpose. It was a similar story when I came to the blogging feature, the simple task of editing an individual post was confusing.
To give you a clear idea of how good the XPRS websites are, I have selected two templates from their website to show you.
Quite impressive, right?
And there are hundreds more great themes to choose from - each one as elegant as the last. Most of the themes showcase big visuals and open spaces - which leave a lot of room for customization.
All of the XPRS themes breakdown into a mobile or tablet version - and they all work very well.
XPRS offers three subscription options: monthly, bi-annually, and annually.
There are two packages. There is a standard license that ranges from $8 -$11 per month - depending on the length of the subscription. On top of this, there is also an SSL protected license, which is $21 month-to-month - billed annually.
Note that IM Creator plans are not included in these prices, and are billed separately.
|Standard License||SSL Certificate|
|Number of Templates||200+||200+|
|Number of Websites||1||1|
So, the XPRS tools, templates, and support are free when signing up for IM Creator. Once you have built your website you can publish it, and this is where you will find the above pricing.
I understand that this may seem confusing. And I must admit - It is. The jump in price between the two plans is unjustifiable for an SSL certificate. To help clear this up, I contacted support to find out if there are any hidden features that are not listed on their website.
Look and behold, this was their response.
My advice to any users who are interested in purchasing XPRS would be to contact support regarding their price plans and grab an absolute bargain on their SSL package just like I have done.
To complete the performance of XPRS, I ran some tests to check how well It performs in the speed field.
This was a rather average result, and therefore I cannot say anything too good or bad regarding the speed of XPRS.
XPRS Review - My Final Thoughts
There is a lot to love about the XPRS design and its features. There is a slight learning curve, and it may take a while to familiarise yourself completely with the product. But nevertheless, you can trust XPRS to give you a show-stopping website.
When comparing IM Creator I've found more similarities than differences - unlimited hosting features, domain connection, 24/7 support, and alike integration options.
At the first glimpse, I can't say that XPRS is different although it's yearly premium package is $100 cheaper.
But even the templates are the same! So it just looks, that IM Creator and XPRS is more or less the same products with a different approach to their clients.
If you do try XPRS, please feel free to leave your own XPRS reviews and experiences below.
- Intuitive design
- Stunning themes - mobile compatible
- Great customization features
- Slight learning curve
- Can sometimes appear cluttered