Jimdo Review

Kurtis By: Kurtis | Last updated October 16, 2018

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8.4 / 10

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PROS:

  • Good blogging features
  • Free version
  • Mobile responsive
  • Impressive AI with the Dolphin product
  • Good customer support

CONS:

  • Free plan is a bit limited
  • Not enough SEO and e-commerce features
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SUMMARY:

Among Jimdo’s strengths we have to mention the free plan, the smart Dolphin AI and the easy to use and intuitive interface. Jimdo is a bit limited in features and capabilities, especially when it comes to e-commerce and SEO tools, and the free plan does have a lot of shortcomings, but it is nevertheless a good option to consider if you are interested in quickly creating a simple and responsive website.

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Jimdo is a German company, based in Hamburg and founded in 2007. Jimdo also has offices in Japan. The Jimdo website builder has created more than 20 million websites so far.

Jimdo has three types of plans to choose from: a Free plan, a Pro plan and a Business plan.

The Free plan includes 2GB bandwidth, 500MB storage, HTTPS encryption and a .jimdofree.com subdomain.

If you are willing to upgrade to a paid, more complex plan, your first choice is the Pro plan. The Pro plan is ad-free, includes 10GB bandwidth, 5GB storage and a free domain for the first year.

Their most professional plan however is the Business plan, which offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage and also includes a free domain for the first year.

How it works

In order to get started with Jimdo, you first have to sign up, by providing an e-mail and a password. You can also sign up with your Facebook or Google account.

There are 2 ways you can go when creating your website with Jimdo. You can either use their Dolphin AI web designer which builds the site for you automatically in just 3 minutes or go with the Creator, meaning you will create the website yourself from ground up.

With the Dolphin product, you have to answer a few questions first, so that your site will be built according to your needs. Dolphin includes some industry-specific tools, from menus to galleries and so on.

You can transfer your own domain or register one with Jimdo.

The design will be responsive and it will even include the GDPR-compliant cookie notice.

If you want to go with the Creator product instead, meaning you want to create your site from scratch, you have to choose between one of the 3 categories: store, website or blog. Then you have to choose a subcategory, such as restaurants, bars, services, etc. You can choose between 40 templates which are mobile responsive and everything is done through the drag and drop tool. However, only around 15 templates are available to you if you go with the free plan.

The interface is clean and intuitive, you’ve got Design tools, tools for Store, Blog, SEO and more. The Add Element option allows you to add text, photos, videos, forms, share buttons, forms, maps, basically everything you might need on a site.

You can add columns within columns and if you inspect and play with the tools enough, you can discover capabilities that might not be visible at first sight.

On the downside, you don’t have an Undo option with Jimdo, except for text.

If you know your coding, you can also use HTML and CSS for deeper customization.

Features

Jimdo sits really well when it comes to blogging capabilities. Once you activate your blog, your posts appear on top of the home page. You can also schedule them to be published at a certain date/time and save them as drafts. There is also a comment feature available so that visitors can give you their opinion/feedback.

When it comes to ecommerce features, the free plan is a bit limited, in that you can only add up to 5 products to sell. The Pro allows 15, while with the Business plan, you get unlimited products. Your PayPal API credentials are required in order to be able to sell.

Jimdo lets you add variants for your items, you can display the cost for shipping, you can view inventory, you’ve got Stripe and PayPal integration. What you don’t have on the other hand is the ability to create discounts, sell digital downloads or send newsletters with promotional offers. Overall, we find the ecommerce capabilities of Jimdo a bit limited.

Statistics wise, Jimdo has a Statistics section with daily visitors, you can see traffic for specific pages, what keywords were used and a few others. However, stats are not available for the free account, which is another drawback. SEO is also a bit basic, you have a form for keywords, title and the description of your website.

Jimdo is a bit limited and poor in features, and you only get the basic tools if you go with their free plan. However, it is still a good website builder, easy to use, responsive and customizable, so it is definitely worth a try.

Pricing

Jimdo has 3 plans: a Free one, a Pro one and a Business plan. The Pro plan is $7.50/month, billed annually. The Business plan is $20/month, billed annually.

Help/Support

Contact: https://support.jimdo.com/contact/

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jimdo

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