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Jimdo Review

Basic editor with outdated themes.

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By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Jul 4 2017

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Review Updates

  • Mar 8 2016 New review published.
  • Oct 11 2016 Review checked for accuracy.
  • Jul 4 2017 New review published.

User Experience Info

The body of Jimdo pages are made up of regions that you can drop elements into. Elements are stacked on top of one another— though there is a column element that lets you put elements side-by-side.

A sidebar region and a body region

Right: A sidebar region and a body region

The editable regions work fine— until they don’t. For example, by default this template has a grey region that you can put elements in. I choose not to put any elements in it and yet it still shows on my theme— so there’s no way to toggle off an editable region if you don’t wish to use it. That’s frustrating.

Header

Right: Header

Strangely, the footer is not an editable region— so you can't add elements to your footer. Instead you can edit your copyright text and toggle on/off a few links. Pretty lame (especially compared to the powerful footer editors in website builders like Weebly).

Footer editor

Right: Footer editor

Parts of the editor feel poorly thought out. For example: the blog editor invites you to “Choose a Suggested Layout” but when you click it, you’re given options for page layouts— not blog posts. Huh? It’s confusing.

"Choose a Suggested Layout" only shows suggestions for pages— not blog posts

Right: "Choose a Suggested Layout" only shows suggestions for pages— not blog posts

Here’s another example: This is the product editor. Jimdo decided to embed the product editor within the pages rather than abstracting it out into a form. This makes the UI incredibly unwieldy. It just doesn’t seem well thought out.

Features Info

  • Blog

    Fully featured blog editor. You can publish in the future, customize the URL, allow comments (Disqus or a Jimdo commenting system), add share buttons (with a bunch of nice customization options) and more.  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    Jimdo gives you everything you need to run a basic store. You can add products, create variations, set categories, customize the checkout form, accept several different payments types and more. I especially like the email customization— Jimdo provides a very way to customize the email receipts your customers receive (this is a critical feature too many other website builders have ignored). All editing is done within forms that display within your website— including the product editor. This is a bit unwieldy (see screenshot), it’d be better to have the product editor separated out.  Show Screenshot

  • Form Builder

    Unfortunately, Jimdo only includes a cookie cutter contact form (name, email, comments) that does not allow you to add any additional fields. The good news is that the form lets you customize it’s success message and there is a Form Archive that saves all form submissions.  

  • iOS & Android Apps

    Jimdo has iPhone, iPad and Android apps that allow you to do full website editing— I honestly can’t think of any other website builder that lets you do full website editing on mobile devices. So if you need to build a website using an iPhone or Android app, Jimdo is your best option.  

  • Retina Ready

    I uploaded my logo and resized it so that it would be retina ready— but while it appeared retina ready in the editor, it was blurry on the live version of my website!  

  • Newsletter

    No.  

  • Membership System

    No.  

  • Design from Scratch

    No.  

  • Multi-lingual

    No.  

  • Restaurant Menu

    No.  

  • Donations

    No.  

  • Audio Player

    No. (There is an element that embeds Soundcloud files, but no Jimdo audio player.) 

  • Podcasts

    No.  

Themes Info

Unfortunately, Jimdo themes mostly feel a bit simple and outdated. Here’s an example theme:

Example theme

Right: Example theme

Some require a subtitle and sidebar— which feels outdated. Most modern websites don’t have a subtitle or a sidebar.

This theme requires a sidebar

Right: This theme requires a sidebar

Customization is great— you’ll want to turn on Jimdo’s Style By Element feature. It lets you select an element and set the style for it. It’s worth noting that you aren’t setting styles for individual elements, but setting styles for every element of that type. So when you select a heading, you are editing the style for all headings.

Style by Element

Right: Style by Element

Billing Practices: Not Ideal


Jimdo only allowed me to buy an annual package— no monthly packages.



Examples Real, live Jimdo sites.

Pricing


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Written By Steve Benjamins

I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 to help people find the best website builder. My work is supported by earning an affiliate commission when readers choose a website builder based on my reviews.

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Last update: Jul 4 2017

Keep in mind that Jimdo may have changed since then. If you believe something is out of date in my review, please let me know.