You’ve probably (or maybe seen their Facebook ads) heard of pagemodo, a service to help you build your Facebook page. Today I decided to take it for a test drive.
First a clarification, a Facebook Fan page is actually a number of pages (or tabs), the most familiar being your Wall, so what pagemodo will build for you is a new “tab” for your Facebook page. For example you might want to create a landing page to welcome new fans to your Facebook page, this is a good candidate for a pagemodo created page. You will still need to create your actual page in Facebook before pagemodo installs the “page” you built, however pagemodo detects this and directs you over to Facebook to do this prior to installation.
As you might suspect, the free version of pagemodo is of limited functionality, and more features are available in various paid versions ranging from $6.25 to $33.25 a month. The free version allows you to create one page with several graphics. Video is not available in the free version and if you don’t want the pagemodo footer advertising itself you have to select one of the paid versions. I was also not able to create any links in the free version, which seems to be a severe drawback – however I have not investigated this fully to see what exactly the problem is. Unfortunately none of the versions offer the ability to embed an opt-in, which was one of my primary drivers to check out pagemodo, it is “coming soon”.
If you want a eye catching graphics rich page to feature your business wares or other photos, pagemodo could be a good fit for you. Most of the templates require several pictures which is good to know up front.
The user interface is fairly intuitive although given to some glitches. I lost my work when I clicked away to check out their questions and answers on how the Facebook page creation works (as mentioned above, you have to create the page separately in Facebook). The graphic “sizer” helps you scale your pictures so that they fit into the template.
Here’s my free pagemodo Facebook welcome page. I don’t know if I will keep it long term, but it’s there now.
Pagemodo released an update, 2.0, on June, 27, 2011. There are more layouts to choose and some new features, such as coupons, facebook “Like” gates and more.