- e-com without transaction fee
- Mobile friendly version
- AI & automated SEO
Founded in 2007, Jimdo is a popular website builder and domain registrar. It’s a great choice if you’d like to create an online store, design your own website or blog or simply manage your email accounts. In recent years, Jimdo has made waves in the website builder industry - currently there are 20 million websites powered by Jimdo around the world. A versatile builder, they work in nine different languages and offer a simple service with intuitive features.
Jimdo in detail
- Affordable, user-friendly builder
- Premium eCommerce plans are a great value
- Reliable support team through various channels
- Business plans offer unlimited storage
- Great value for an advertisement-free site
- Dependable customer service
- Rather limited template gallery
- Their editor is a bit more complicated than it needs to be
Jimdo offers a simple builder with the possibility to launch your site very quickly. First, you’ll need to select a template and then you’ll enter into their editor. Resize and reposition images, or add elements by clicking on the plus icon.
The company markets itself as a user-friendly, customizable builder. But we found that there are some issues in customization. You can only access eCommerce features with Jimdo’s business plan (or higher). With this plan, you’ll get eCommerce templates and other features necessary for having an online store.
We’ll give you a walkthrough of Jimdo’s five pricing plans. We list prices in US dollars, but keep in mind that Jimdo’s prices actually vary depending on the country. Its entry plan costs $9USD in the USA, £9 in the UK (or $12 USD) and €9 in Eurozone countries ($10.30USD). This is not typical of competitors in the website builder sector - most make currency conversions in order to charge comparable prices in different markets.
Jimdo’s plans all include access to their template gallery with mobile responsive designs, storage and bandwidth (we’ll see how much each plan offers below), a blog function and photo galleries.
Jimdo Play - Play is Jimdo’s free plan, which has a 5-page capacity, 500MB storage, 2GB bandwidth, a Jimdo subdomain, https encryption and a Jimdo ad at the bottom of each page. For a small blog, this is a great option in terms of storage and bandwidth. But for a more high-traffic page with greater needs, or a professional page, this probably won’t be enough. This plan also doesn’t offer access to the support team.
Jimdo Start - For $9/month, this plan includes a free domain name for 1 year, 5GB storage, 10GB bandwidth and up to 10 pages for your website. You’ll get access to standard support and no Jimdo advertisements will appear on your site. This plan is best for small business owners or larger blogs who have budget restrictions or don’t need to sell their products directly on their website.
Jimdo Grow - The Grow plan costs $15/month and includes everything in the Start plan, plus 15GB storage, 20GB bandwidth and 50 pages for your website.
Jimdo eCommerce - For $19/month, you’ll get everything in the Grow Plan, plus the capacity to sell products online. There’s no limit on how many products you can list.
Jimdo Unlimited - At $39/month, this premium plan offers unlimited everything - storage, bandwidth and pages - plus an online store. It also includes an individualized professional design analysis with a Jimdo designer, who will help you make sure that your site’s design is optimized for its intended market.
Because Jimdo offers a free plan, you have nothing to lose by signing up and building a site. Then if you like what you see, consider upgrading to a premium plan.
Jimdo has two website building platforms - Creator and Dolphin. The Creator is their primary editing platform, similar to others in the industry, with a drag-and-drop interface. You’ll be able to add content, modify elements and positioning. Dolphin will build your site for you using ADI (artificial design intelligence). Answer a few questions and Jimdo will create a website according to your preferences. This option is more automated and allows a bit less editing and customization than the Creator, which gives users more control over layout and design. We’ll focus on the Creator in this review.
Jimdo’s drag-and-drop editor is functional, but we’ve certainly seen better, more flexible editors from the competition. There’s a photo editor as well, so you can make video or photo backgrounds. And for users who’d like to fully customize their websites, it’s easy to edit the CSS and add HTML using site widgets.
Jimdo’s paid plans come with a free domain name for the first year, after which it costs $20USD/year. You can add an email account for 12€/year for 1 account or 60€/year for 10 accounts. All Jimdo sites offer secure SSL encryption.
If you choose to purchase one of Jimdo’s eCommerce plans, you’ll find that they accept a wide range of payment options for the online store, as well as a useful order management system.
Unfortunately, this is where Jimdo falls a bit short. Using their Creator platform, you’ll be prompted to choose a type of website (by industry - from photography to restaurants to clothing stores), and based on your selection you’ll be given a choice of 15 templates. The template gallery has about 40 templates total, and you can access the whole lot later on, but keep in mind that other website builders have much more diverse and expansive template galleries than Jimdo’s.
But if you’re someone who find choice overwhelming, maybe this will be just enough for you. You won’t lose hours toggling between templates, unable to make a decision - and your site will be ready right away.
If you’d like to change your template after publishing your site, you can easily do so. And there’s an option to build your own template, for the coders out there.
Jimdo offers a reasonable and affordable website builder with a great free plan and simple editor. It’s an attractive, no-frills option for users interested in creating a personal website or blog, or a page for a small business. While their template gallery lacks the design power and variety that other builders offer, you’ll have no problem creating an attractive website through Jimdo in just a few minutes.