TypeRoom Professional. A bit like in-browser website creation and editing app Zimplit, which we reviewed yesterday, TypeRoom allows for simple and nearly instant web content editing without software and with little or no expertise in the subject.On May 19, TypeRoom launched their triple-tiered premium product,
While the free version of the service allows for the kind of lightweight, static HTML editing we reviewed in Zimplit, the Pro version is "a powerful and complete CMS that allows for extremely easy setup and integration and that gives a level of usability that we feel has not been attained before in a CMS," according to the TypeRoom blog.
TypeRoom Lite, which launched last year, provided many of the same no-brainer features we liked about Zimplit along with a few added perks (users could save without immediately publishing pages, for example) and a slightly more complicated interface that consisted of a full dashboard rather than a miniature toolbar. The biggest difference between the two companies' offerings was that TypeRoom Lite allowed users to import existing websites rather than simply create them from scratch based on a WordPress-like template.
The Professional accounts will also provide for migration of full websites into the in-browser editing service. For the launch of the Professional accounts, TypeRoom is offering a limited number of free website migrations to early adopters.
Take a look at this demo video to see the editing functions in action:
Another aspect we enjoyed was the library of video tutorials, which, as any "Photoshop expert" can tell you, is the key to developing a finely tuned design sensibility and getting the technical know-how to execute accordingly.
These tools seemed like they would work well enough for a complete web design amateur who simply needed to change copy, images, and links on an existing page; they also seemed to offer enough options for those with the technical skills to take advantage of them.
Overall, we feel the TypeRoom Professional accounts are better suited to small- to medium-sized businesses needing to take control of their existing websites in a way that is both simple and affordable. TypeRoom Pro accounts are likely not best for the casual individual user, the web design hobbyist, or anyone without a pre-existing home on the web. It also might not be the best solution for sites with heavy multimedia components. Still, the new addition to TypeRoom's offerings is the kind of robust, reliable tool that warrants the term "professional."