If you’ve ever heard the expression “pay it forward,” then you know that if someone does something kind or altruistic to/for you, you’re supposed to do the same thing for someone else.
Hence, pay it forward.
Today, someone put me onto something that promises to revolutionize the way we look at DIY site building.
And since I’m learning front end web development, I probably shouldn’t hip you to a tool that will potentially make my new found knowledge obsolete, but…
It’s called New Rainmaker and it’s a one-stop-shop for building a high performance website for your business or brand.
You probably know a few free or low-cost site building tools: SquareSpace, WordPress, Tumblr, Web.com, etc.
But if you’ve used any of them, you’ve probably encountered some roadblock or hurdle, that made it less than it was cracked up to be.
Maybe there was no eCommerce component.
Or social sharing was a hassle to implement.
Perhaps creating columns required advanced knowledge of cuneiform.
Rainmaker promises to change all that.
Per the New Rainmaker website:
Introducing Rainmaker, a hosted turn-key online marketing and digital sales platform designed to give you everything you need to build your business by building an audience. It’s not just everything we use on our sites (such as Copyblogger and StudioPress), it’s exactly what we use on our own sites … ready for you to make your own.
Now I can’t actually tell you anything about the platform, as it hasn’t been released quite yet.
What I can tell you is that it’s built off of WordPress, and allows you to take advantage of all the plugins and widgets natively – that is, without having to call up or install anything individually.
It’s also built on HTML5, so it’s fully responsive.
That means it will be optimized for whatever screen users are viewing your site from.
Building your site using Rainmaker’s platform is also supposed to be dummy-proof.
Simply select the options you want via their wizard, and the Rainmaker Platform does the rest.
At the end of the day, Rainmaker is supposed to make setting up your site and running your online business a cinch.
Supposedly, it will make building sites using SaaS offerings like SquareSpace and WordPress feel like learning Chinese.
StephenChukumba.com is a hosted WordPress blog.
So whenever Rainmaker does turn on the switch, I’ll be one of the first to convert my existing site to their platform.
And I’ll give you a blow-by-blow assessment of how easy (or difficult) it was to get set up, as well as my impressions.
The reason I feel like I’m paying it forward, is because there is a limited window to sign up to join the Rainmaker trial.
If you sign up at NewRainmaker.com/Platform, you too can register to take their platform for a test drive.
In addition to having first dibs to Beta test their platform, you’ll have access to the Rainmaker knowledge center, complete with podcasts, webinars, reports and video presentations from industry veterans and experts.
Now if you’re happy with your site (and it’s performance, conversions, etc.) then you can ignore this post altogether.
But if you’re looking to start a new business or website, and want just the right tool, then Rainmaker may be the thing for you.