Jimdo is an online web editor that makes it easy and quick to build websites even if you don’t know any specialist knowledge. It’s possible to incorporate multimedia components and customize the look and feel of your site. Jimdo has a nice AJAX interface and it also has a nice feature to copy the designs of other sites. The interface is very simple which makes it ideal for people that know nothing about building websites. Jimdo was initially aimed at businesses, however soon after a consumer version was released. This is available in seven languages including Chinese, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Jimdo Free is the free version of the site; this does not have the option of using your own domain name. It also comes with some adverts; however the adverts don’t really get in the way as they are only two links. Jimdo Pro makes it possible for you to host your site without adverts and it’s also free of all adverts.
Jimdo was founded in March 2007 by Fridtjof Detzner, Matthias Henze, and Christian Springub. Additional features have been added on a regular basis; in March 2008 social features were added, in May of the same year a blogging platform was released. This has made it possible for users to build their own blogs. Competitors of Jimdo include Real Editor, Synthasite, Sampa and Weebly. Jimdo currently has over 100,000 users in lots of different countries thanks to the site being available in so many different languages.
Unlike other applications you have to log on in two stages, you also can’t log in for the first time unless you click the link in your email. Having to log in and then change your password is also quite annoying. The drag and drop features are very nice, and that part of the application does work very well. One very nice feature is the ability to copy other sites designs without having to do anything difficult.
The application is ok to use. The most annoying bit is logging into the application in the first place. Instead of being allowed to enter your username and password together you must enter your username, click a button and then type in your password. It takes some time to understand how to edit a website and change settings.
Creating your own account with Jimdo is very easy; it just involves picking a username and then entering it along with your email address on the main page of the site. Your username will form your URL you will get yourusername.jimdo.com. Once you have doe that you will then be sent an email which you need to read to get your password. You also get the option of upgrading to a jimdo pro account. Once you have received the email you need to click on the link and log in to accept the terms and conditions, rather annoyingly you cannot use the login link on the site, you must waste time visiting the link in the email. Also being given an automatically generated password is very irritating.
There are two different types of subscription, a free account known as Jimdo Free, and Jimdo Pro which costs $5 per month. Jimdo Pro makes it possible to use Jimdo with your own domain name, offers more storage, and also removes adverts.
Jimdo is a nice application that can be used by anyone wanting to build websites quickly and easily. It’s great for people that don’t know how to build websites but still want to build their own presence on the internet. There are other web cms applications available with an easier interface.