What is PageCloud?
Page Cloud is being marketed as a web design software for newbies. Bascially, there are videos saying that it is the first desktop publishing app that gives professional level results.
So here’s the video from the TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 Finalist for you. Starring the CEO Craig Fitzpatrick and Henry Brown. Basically they demonstrate how cool this is.
According to these guys, PageCloud is the next best thing to Photoshop. He says that Page Cloub has help with drag and drop web publishing. You don’t need to know html or CSS anymore.
Watching the presentation, I have to say it is pretty cool. You can ecommerce enable a website like it was nothing and you don’t have to worry about the html code! It’s sweet!
The other features they show in the PageCloud demo are very similar to using website building sties such as Weebly or Wix, however, it looks like there is more freedom in the design which is an artist’s dream software.
It is unique that you can take photos and make them live with a click for an immediate web upload.
The Page Cloud Company
Page Cloud is run by the CEO and founder Craig Fitzpatrick.
He wants the professional designer and developer to be their ideal customer because of the ability to go from Photoshop to the web.
Craig’s background started as a hobby and has a team of seven that helped build the software.
He clearly knows the struggles that non technical people go through. He states that all of the research and development of Page Cloud was incredibly difficult. The whole reason Page Cloud was made was to make it easier to companies to make edits or make websites in the future rather than having to rely on the coders in the world, which he claims makes up less than 1% of the population.
When asked how Page Cloud was different from similar applications, such as Weebly, he stated the approach is different. You don’t need a template, for one. The experience isn’t as restricted as Weebly and more simple.
He was also asked if he was going to resell the service to designers who are more interested in custom designing software. He said there will be pre-built designs, pre-made fonts and themes. He also said they want to work with designers and programmers where they are the platform to help them build and hopefully “throw them customers”.
Page Cloud Review – The Product
The Page Cloud software was made because Craig Fitzpatrick wanted to targer the professional designer and developer. These types of professions being their ideal customer because of the ability to go from Photoshop to the web.
The product itself allows you to drag and drop media, photo and more from any place on the web into the design of a website page design. It automatically adapts and downloads whatever is needed in order for the media to perform properly. Publishing directly from Photoshop is very unique with this app.
In addition to the free design, there is also the ability for designers to edit their designs specifically for mobile devices. It connects widgets easily and makes things very easy for the designer.
The Page Cloud Opportunity
PageCloud isn’t quite ready for the entire public as it’s only be target to professional designers first. There is a pre-launch that was about $99 per year ($8.25/month) and will go up to $25/month after that.
If you refer three people to subscribe to PageCloud then you get your whole first year free.
That’s pretty much the Page Cloud Opportunity.
Pretty Simple and Easy to explain.
Is PageCloud Worth It?
I’m not sure that Page Cloud is worth $24/month when you can get simliar results by taking a few extra moments with Weebly or WordPress. The other problem that I wonder about is whether or not you lose all of your information is you stop paying the monthly fee. I noticed that the pricing is actually $24/month PER WEBSITE. Are the files and all that work you used able to be used elsewhere. Do you actually get the code?
I would have to know more about how PageCloud looks on the “other end” before making a decision about it. I don’t like the idea of being caught up in being stuck with one website platform. I do like the fact that you can build right into the web with little drag/drop compared to the other drap/drop websites out there.
It’s a new technology so the only way to know is to spend the money and try it out. I recommend building a new blog or site with the intention of making it a PageCloud project before committing to it for making websites for customers.
Craig talks about businesses being able to use it to modify their sites without a html coder, however, does that mean they have to pay $24/month for the life of the website in order to do so or can they purchase the software as needed?
I do like the idea of it, but I’d rather have a trail run before committing to $240/year per website.
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