Jimdo Review 2 0

Basic editor with outdated themes.


By Steve BenjaminsUpdated Oct 11 2016

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User Experience Info

Jimdo pages are made up of regions— such as your pages body— that let you add elements (see the Add Element buttons on the right). Elements are stacked on one another but can be organized with a column element. These editable regions worked nicely.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

I ran into difficulty with elements that were outside these regions— for example the header and the footer. By default, my theme template included a subtitle (and looked strange without a subtitle, which is unfortunate), but while my subtitle appeared invisible in the editor, it was visible in the theme. I couldn’t figure it out.


Right: Header

You can’t edit the footer by adding and ordering elements. Instead footer editing is limited to checking off pages and adding some simple footer text.

Footer editor

Right: Footer editor

One thing that I found frustrating about Jimdo templates— they all seemed to include a space for a sidebar. The sidebar simply displays sub-navigation pages, so if you don’t have sub-navigation pages your page simply has a wide-open space. This is out-dated. Most modern websites do not have sidebars— but if Jimdo is going to force us to have a sidebar, at least let us edit it.


Right: Sidebar

Over all, Jimdo has an okay user experience. The basics (adding and ordering elements to form the body of a page) are good but the headers, footers and sidebars were the cause of some frustrations.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

Features Info

  • Blog

    The blog editor is separated into two sections— there is the in-page editor and the sidebar editor (it’s not clear why there is a separate sidebar editor, it doesn’t add much functionality). Posts are composed by adding elements (text, photos, columns, galleries, videos and more) and you can set the blog index to show a teaser or full posts. There is comment moderation but no integration with popular commenting services such as Disqus or Facebook comments.  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


  • Membership System


  • Design from Scratch


  • Multi-lingual


  • Restaurant Menu


  • Donations


  • Audio Player


  • Podcasts


Themes Info

Unfortunately, Jimdo themes mostly feel a bit simple and outdated.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

Example theme

Right: Example theme

Part of the reason they feel outdated is that most themes seem to require a subtitle and a sidebar. Both are unnecessary— most modern websites don’t have a subtitle and a sidebar (and the subtitle, which displays sub-navigation links could be moved into a drop-down menu for the navigation).

Example theme

Right: Example theme

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

Themes are not responsive, instead Jimdo offers a Mobile Template that you can turn on for your website. It’s not ideal— and gives you no customization options (it’d be nice to at least be able to change the blue color in the screenshot to the right). Worst still, I had formatting problems with the mobile template— why is my logo so distorted? (right)


Right: Mobile

Not Ideal Billing Practices

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

Examples Real, live example sites


Monthly Plans Annual Plans
Plan Term Domain Name Total info
    • Jimdo does not offer monthly plans.
    • JimdoPro $90.00 / year Free domain name for lifetime. $7.50 per month Total: $270.00
    • JimdoBusiness $240.00 / year Free domain name for lifetime. $20.00 per month Total: $720.00

Steve Benjamins I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 in order to help people choose the right website builder. I also make music (you should check it out!). You can also follow me on Twitter here.