Jimdo Website Builder: Easy & Reliable E-commerce Paradise
The German-based Jimdo has established a global presence by focusing on one core idea: create a versatile, easy-to-use website builder that facilitates websites from around the world. To that end, they now support eight languages as well as the ability to create multilingual websites. This means that if you’re considering website builders but English isn’t your native language, Jimdo is a strong contender.
Jimdo is geared towards e-commerce sites, and therefore has above-average e-commerce features. While you can still create a decent website even if you’re not in e-commerce, you might find the features somewhat lacking. That said, Jimdo’s website builder offers a remarkable amount of functionality while not sacrificing ease of use. It’s also obvious that the team has taken care not to overwhelm users when adding new features: as much as possible, they’ve kept the user interface sleek and simple.
Why Choose Jimdo?
- Fast and intuitive builder with collapsible toolbar
- Jimdo app one of the best mobile editors
- Eight languages supported; multilingual websites possible
- E-commerce oriented website builder
Take a closer look! Below are the full features.
Free Templates That Look Phenomenal
Selection: For both free and paying customers, Jimdo has a gorgeous range of templates, and you should have no trouble finding the one you love.
Customization: Jimdo’s templates are super flexible: you can personalize the templates by changing fonts, colors, layout, and more; or you can add additional HTML and CSS codes for ultimate design capabilities if you’re a more experienced user.
Multimedia features: Jimdo offers a range of exceptional photo galleries, as well as the option to embed YouTube and flash videos, and tons more.
Top-Notch Features to Make Your Site Great
The Pro and business plans offer a good selections of professional looking templates, along with built-in tools such as social media sharing buttons, a blog functionality, mobile responsiveness, video integrations, photo galleries, google maps, password protected areas, contact forms and more.
While the pro plan is only suited for basic e-commerce, the business plan provides a fully-featured online store that you can use to build a strong sales platform.
Ease of use
A Completely Stress-Free Website Creation
Overall, Jimdo is comfortable and straightforward. There are tips and explanations sprinkled along the way. I did click on the header about 20 times before realizing that wasn’t how to edit the text, but after that it was a smooth sailing. Working with the templates feels natural, and the interface is nice and uncluttered.
One drawback though: Jimdo doesn’t have a preview function, meaning that if you want to make changes to your site, the only way to see how it looks is to actually publish it to your site. On the bright side, If you don’t like something as soon as you publish you can change it ASAP. You click, it’s done. Even with my 5-year-old Macbook, Jimdo worked in seconds.
And When You’ll Need Jimdo’s Support…
Overall, Jimdo offers good support and their FAQ and help articles are really good. They have live webinars that are also quite helpful. The support team works through email and live chat, Monday through Friday during business hours. It may take a bit of time to get your response, and the speed of response time depends on your payment package.
How Much Does It Cost To Build Your Dream Website?
Jimdo’s price packages are definitely competitive in the field: paying a little gets you a long way. One cool thing about Jimdo is that they offer partner and affiliate opportunities. Jimdo provides a platform for designers and creative individuals to earn money by becoming a partner. You get paid for extra tools and designs you add to the site. You can also earn commissions through their affiliate program by referring others, so in the long run, you get paid instead of paying them.
Jimdo’s pricing model includes a free plan with all the basic features you can expect. You will not get your own domain, and you’d have ads all over, but you will be able to use the website builder, along with plenty of storage to get you off the ground.
The Pro and Business plans add some great features like email accounts, priority support, site statistics, online store functionality, popular widgets and more.
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There's always room for improvement but Jimdo simply works. It's the most robust website builder I've found and I've explored about thirty alternatives including some of the big names. You can actually build a very sophisticated site with the cheaper of the pro packages they offer, upgrade anytime if you require even more bells and whistles and the learning curve isn't too steep. They have servers on three continents and sites load extremely fast. Their online store options, included in each package, are powerful and include linkable product view sliders and numerous appearance/layout options. Jimdo templates are extremely flexible and a joy to work with. You can build anything from a few pages and a blog at pro level, to a massive site streaming thousands of videos with their business offering, as bandwidth and storage are both unlimited. SEO tools are included and of course you can add as many external widgets as you like with full the built-in html editor. They even have a mobile app. If you like to edit on the move and all their templates are responsive and resize beautifully on all devices - except toasters :) What's not to like!
We have loved the ease of use and beauty of customer service from Jimdo for years. But with their recent unwillingness to work with google for us, we view them with suspicion. Google has website providers who routinely work with website hosters for getting the clients good email addresses. Jimdo instead of working with google attacked us, and that is unacceptable. We are hugely disappointed in Jimdo and will be working on moving our website to another host provider asap. The ease of use of an email is critical to a business; Jimdo seems to have something to hide from google given all the work they went into trying to attack us for doing so. Wow, we are hugely sad at jimdo. If they think google is a competitor, they are not. If they want to battle google, they may as well battle the universe. We as a business who uses google's tools can't have a provider who battles google. Can anyone truthfully?
BTW, google gave us two phone numbers for jimdo to call them so google could help them with the process and coding. Instead jimdo turned on us as a client, ignored us/pretended to escalate during a chat but hung up on us, and had a senior manager email us his disapproval when we became mad. All we wanted was help to get a good google email. Instead our web host provider jimdo ignored us, hung up on us, attacked us. Not the best choice if you are a start up. We'll ask google who to go to now, someone who at least can work with them.
A great way to launch your storefront. Simple to use and easy to customize. Very search engine friendly and installing new plugins is a snap.
Jimdo was my first experience with a website builder tool and I must say, it was an excellent start into this area. I decided for Jimdo based upon it's shop features and it's ease of use. I wanted something that would take me a minimum amount of time to build and manage... and that I HAVE :)
On the down side, in order to build a "multi-language" site, you'll be forced to use the "menu structure"... considering that there isn't a huge choice of templates this really limits you in the possible looks the moment you want to build a multi-language site.
For the Shop, I think it's great, easy, there is a good tracking and order process system, on the other hand the templates... again down allow you to make the best possible use of this shop unless you use a bit of imagination to make it CLEAR that there is a shopping cart on your site ;)
In this review it also mentions that the shop is it's best feature... I have to say, I may not have found all the "options" or "features" but I don't think they are extraordinary and would be surprised if others are less?! But like said, I have not tried many others to date.
Jimdo is an absolutely useless piece of junk site creator. If you've never even made a website before and you know nothing about making a decent website, you might think it's fine. DO NOT USE THIS SITE IF YOU ARE A STUDENT! That is, unless you'd like to risk losing some grades because the site doesn't even work properly 99% of the time. Love waiting for a document to load for an hour? Then try loading one onto your Jimdo site. You'll wait forever, and guess what? It never loads! It'll stop at the very end of the progress bar and do nothing. Then you can call their incompetent technical support team and waste more time getting absolutely nothing done. STUDENTS NEVER USE THIS SITE. None of my professors can get to my page. I will change my password when it tells me it is incorrect and it took three times for the new passwords emailed to me to work. Three different passwords, because it to be changed three times before it worked. I feel awful for businesses who got sucked into using this. Probably the worst investment a business could ever make, ever. Or anyone for that matter.