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Jimdo Website Builder

Since it was founded in 2007 by three young entrepreneurs Fridtjof Detzner, Matthias Henze, and Christian Springub, Jimdo website builder has grown tremendously.

In 2009 Jimbo started the ‘Lifeboat for GeoCities’ campaign in order to lure Google Page Creator and Yahoo! users after Yahoo! decided to close GeoCities project. Jimdo announced that former users of GeoCities were welcome to their web service – they even offered 10% off of their plans to them.

Today, the company has over 200 employees working out of offices from Hamburg, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Since its release, Jimdo has helped to build over 12 million websites. The system is available in 9 languages.

Ease of Use

Jimdo is comparatively easy, yet its interface could be more intuitive. The control panel of Jimdo is dominated by a preview of your site, and unfortunately, there’s no separate ‘Dashboard area’ like in Wix or Weebly.

Jimdo Editor

Jimdo is a visual site builder that supports drag-and-drop and inline editing. You can easily add new elements to the page simply by choosing them from the list of draggable widgets. When you drop an element on the page, the builder will get them automatically aligned with the rest of the elements.

The editor has a handy clipboard that lets you move text elements and other media from one page to another without having to copy and re-upload them. You can drop as many elements onto the clipboard as you want.

Flexibility

Jimdo is suitable for building different types of websites, from simple business sites to portfolios and webstores. The platform has an in-house blogging system and a feature-rich eCommerce toolset. Besides, there’s a library of approved widgets that can be seamlessly integrated into your Jimdo site. These include various business tools (MailChimp, SiteWit, Yelp…), design tools (Infogr.am, Flickr, Bannersnack…), shop and media tools.

  • Jimdo store. Jimdo offers a robust eCommerce system that’s easy to install and configure. Jimdo Store settings include: multiple payment options, flexible shipping options, custom emails, item availability, discount codes, inventory tracking and more.

Jimdo Blog

  • Jimdo blog. The Blog feature has two parts: Blog posts and Blog display. Once you’ve added your first blog posts, they will show up wherever you add a Blog display element on your site.

Jimdo offers free mobile applications (iOS and Android) that can be used for creating new and editing existing websites on the go.

For more details about these features read Jimdo review by Howard Steele.

Custom Domain

Your free Jimdo site will be published on a subdomain and have the following look: sitename.jimdo.com. To connect a custom domain, you have to upgrade your account.

SEO

Jimdo offers a standard SEO package allowing you to insert meta tags (page title, description and keywords). What I liked most of all was their Google preview box. It allows you to see what your webpage will look like on the search results page. However, with JimdoFree plan you can set SEO tags for your home page only. In order to insert meta tags for each single web page of your site you have to upgrade your plan to JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness.

Jimdo Templates

Designs

Jimdo has a great collection of templates. Jimdo designs are modern, stylish, and what’s more important – responsive. No matter which template you select, all Jimdo features are available to you. However, some themes are better suited for personal sites or stores. You can switch templates anytime without losing any of your content.

JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness users can set up a Mobile Express Page – a mobile landing page that will show the most important info about your company.

Technical Support

Jimdo offers multi-language customer support and has an extensive knowledge base. There are also dozens of video walkthroughs covering nearly every feature of Jimdo – just check out their YouTube channel.

Jimdo-Pricing

Pricing

There are three plans: JimdoFree, JimdoPro ($90 annually or $7.50 per month) and JimdoBusiness ($240 annually or $20 per month). It’s not overpriced, yet it’s not the best deal in the market either. Weebly’s paid versions, for example, start at $4/mo (JimdoPro and Weebly Starter have almost identical feature sets).

Possible drawbacks: Jimdo’s interface is quite user-friendly, but it could be more intuitive and flexible. The system has no membership functionality. You can’t provide limited access to your website (I mean you can’t add multiple contributors with different access rights). This feature is supported in uCoz and Weebly.

The strongest side: In my opinion, the strongest side of Jimdo is their infrastructure. The company provides multi-language support, communicates with its customers on social media and constantly updates the knowledge base.

Conclusion

Jimdo is a German website builder that has been in the web publishing domain since 2007. During this period the company has helped to create over 12M websites. That’s impressive, even if this number includes anyone who has ever signed up to Jimdo.

Jimdo gives all the tools the average business/individual needs to start a website: an in-house shopping cart, a blogging system, an array of widgets, and even mobile applications. If you’re comfortable relying on ready templates and can do without custom coding, Jimdo can be a great option for you. But if you expect deeper customization, you may want to check out uCoz or Squarespace.

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