I've built three sites using PlatformPro. Initial it took some time to figure out but they system works very well, it is actually very simple and has created great results.
Curious about Pagelines new DMS system I purchased the Business package, thinking I'd use it on all my sites. I thought I'd test it on a site that is of least importance, meaning I could mess around with it a bit and not worry that I was losing customers. So I uploaded and started working on it.
I am by no means a website guru, I've built a few with the ease of Wordpress but that's it. I cut and paste an odd bit of html and I sort of understand how it all works. I'm probably your average user who knows the basics.
Understanding DMS is a new system, both on the market and new to me I got to work. Here's a few notes from using DMS vs PlatformPro that were my personal experiences. I may be wrong on points so don't give me a hard time, it's just how I found it all to work...
What I didn't like comparing the two….
1. I didn't realize DMS was a theme, I though it was a system that could be used directly with PlatformPro. I uploaded DMS and everything on my site changed.
2. I found DMS really limiting in what I could do with HTML, images, etc. It was almost as though everything I knew about Wordpress was left out of the equation and an entirely new system was in place.
3. The load time for the DMS Editor was too long, it felt like it was lagging and that I could have done WP updates quicker with PlatformPro.
4. Content erased in text boxes, media boxes, etc. when I forgot to publish and there was no prompt to 'are you sure you want to leave page' without saving what you had done. This burnt a bunch of my time.
5. A lot of my previous site had been built using PlatformPro boxes (soapbox, etc.) and they didn't transfer over to DMS and I couldn't find their content anywhere so I ended up having to rewrite everything. Maybe there is a way to find it?
6. Local and Global options. Found this option irritating and I kept going back and forth trying to make them coincide because I didn't want to display anything different globally.
7. Sections seems very cookie cutter. Be great if there was more options for each sections. Felt like I added a section there wasn't much I could do with it to make it my own.
8. MediaBox and Hero sections have photos but you can't link them to other pages. Don't people click on photos to navigate through a site?
9. DMS doesn't instil SEO confidence. I donno if that is true or not, just how I felt about it, because nothing was actually WP, just felt like putting a bunch of sticky notes on Wordpress and never really knowing how they actually worked with the page in terms of headers, keywords, etc.
10. Charging $59 for a theme after buying DMS was too much, I didn't bother and probably have a more boring website cause of it.
11. My account didn't sync to give me access to the business DMS forum, I emailed but got no response so I couldn't get in there to look at topics and get info. Too bad, just figured it out on my own.
What I DID like...
1. Full page slider, that was easy to do, haven't figured out how to do that on my Pagelines site, even with WOW slider.
2. Mobile version looks AWESOME and is super easy to use and navigate and it didn't have to do anything to make that happen, just showed up on my phone like that.
3. The ProPricing section is very useful.
4. Animation of boxes, pricing etc. is great, makes it look very professional. Fade them in to a page, love that.
I am doubtful I'll use DMS on my other two sites, too many changes came from switching from PlatformPro to DMS and it seems like a lot of work. If you haven't used Pagelines PlatformPro and are looking for a simple system the DMS is simple, it just might give you a website that looks like everyone else's who bought DMS.