Hi – its OK its really me Lis! I just moved the furniture around a bit! BTW if you are reading this via the RSS feed you may want to click thru as I am talking about the look and feel of this page in this post – you kinda have to be here! Anyway as you might have gathered this post is promoting Impact Page Builder – why? Well because I have building up your trust so that you would buy lots from me and pay for the overseas holiday to somewhere warm!
Well to be honest from what I’ve seen no one makes any serious money promoting stuff that is one off purchases like Impact Page Builder – the market is just too small and there is no agressive upsell or membership sites – which is where the money really is at!
Anyway getting back to Impact Page Builder. This is a brand new plugin from Eric Hamm – of Frugal Theme fame. Well its been out a couple of weeks – it took Leo’s newsletter to wake me up to its potential. (If you are not subscribed – you’re an idiot – subscribe).
Impact Page Builder – Key Features
In their own words – IPB allows you to:
Our Template Builder gives you everything you need to create attractive designs quickly and easily. Our real-time interface lets you see your template take shape before your eyes as you make adjustments. Even the code changes you make to a Template’s Custom CSS are reflected instantly.
With WordPress 3.0′s new Custom Menus feature, you can create and use Template-Specific NavBars. Run an unlimited number of interlinked mini-sites with unique navigation from a single domain!
- Its a plugin – not a theme – Impact works independently of your theme – and therefore works on ANY theme.
- Impact Page Builder gives you total control and the ability to create page/post templates. You can create a new template for just one post on your site (as I have done here) – or you can several templates – one for your landing pages, one for your squeeze pages, one for your blogging ramblings.
- Impact is (mainly – see below) a WYSIWIG page builder – change the layout – the widget areas – the change will reflect on the screen in the same way I understand Headway does.
- Impact has a slick download which directs you immediately to the support forums if you have questions or issues – I did have a problem (of my own making) and the support was fast and effective.
- Unlike many themes and plugins IPB offers free upgrades for life.
- The product is new – I think the Impact Page Builder team will bringing out skins to allow those of us who are design disabled to make a site look good without knowing how to create a design from scratch. So at the moment if you are design challenged – you will get something that looks like this page! (And yes I tried using Firebug – but it doesn’t help me very much!).
- Eric is using eJunkie for IPB’s affiliate program – I personally prefer the idevaffiliate manager which they used for Frugal.
- The use of custom widgets for each template is going to end up with a LOT of widget areas in your “widgets” menu!
Who is Impact Page Builder For
- If you are building “supersites” as The Keyword Academy calls them – you need this plugin – it allows you to completely “silo” (as Leo calls it – your site so that every menu and link on a page is relevant to your keyword for that part of the site.
- If you are developing sites for local businesses – then using this plugin (and the developer’s version allows you to deploy to client’s sites) on top of a basic theme may well give you all the flexibility you need if you know a bit of CSS
- If you are developing mini-sites which require different pages – such as opt in pages, downloads for products etc etc i.e. if you have started googling “landing pages in WordPress” – then IPB is going to cost you less than those templates – and gives you much much more.
Who Should Give Impact Page Builder A Miss
- If you are just developing Adsense minisites then you are probably good to go. Its only when you want to start customising parts of your site and/or doing very “special” pages that the value of this product will be obvious.
- If you a buying it – just to see – don’t – IPB, like most themes and plugins – does NOT offer a money back guarantee – if you think about it for 5 secs the reason why is obvious. So take the time figure out if you have the need before you buy!
- If you haven’t got any traffic yet – well the design is pretty irrelevant isn’t it? Build more links first!
Impact Page Builder Template on This Page
Yeah well I never said I was a designer! But what I did was something like this:
- added a text title;
- added an image to be used as the overall background;
- added a widget area below he title area and added a custom menu to it;
- changed the colours and look of the menu by using custom CSS – hacked from code provided for the purpose in the support area;
- added another widget area above content and added a big affiliate banner to it;
- as I am using this template on a post rather than a page my other plugins included “related posts” and “sexy bookmarks” are still showing – but nothing from the site’s standard theme (Frugal) is.
So what do you think? To me IPB is a game changer for the whole paid theme space. For the same price of a single license of a premium theme (including Thesis and Frugal) you can buy a developers (unlimited) version the Impact Page Builder plugin ($88) and have way more control than any theme can offer you. To just try it out you are looking at $44 for a single site license (and you can upgrade to the unlimited version by paying the difference later if you wish to). I just hope that Eric manages to get word out and get critical mass in the market before the inevitable knock-off’s start coming out.
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