Jimdo

User Rating
  • Cheap to make your website advertisement-free
  • Unlimited storage space on Business plan or higher
  • Help and support is concise and to the point
Score
5.8
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
25+

Customizing Page Style

You edit most types of content directly on the page, but for overall site options like background, menu style, fonts, and the like, you need to click the paint-roller icon. This changes the hover-over options to font and color options. I appreciate that there are hundreds of background pattern choices, though I wish they were categorized for easier finding.

A neat trick is to use a video background from Vimeo or YouTube. I couldn't see the video in the editor, however; it was only visible on the live site. Finally, for those with web development expertise, Jimdo allows full HTML and CSS customization.

Managing Pages and Site Navigation

Adding or editing pages to your Jimdo site is a simple matter of hovering the cursor over the site-navigation links. When you do this, a blue Edit Navigation button appears, and from this you can add a new page, reorder existing pages, or remove them. At first, I was thought that you couldn't create nested page links, but a > button lets you move the selected page as a subset of the one above. Each level can have menus below its level, so your site structure can get as complex as you like.

One inelegant thing about page addition in jimdo website builder is that if you add more than the page width can accommodate, a second row of nav links is created. Weebly handles this by using a More link that leads to the excess page links. You could do this manually by indenting the pages, but two or more navigation rows isn't something you see on a well-designed sites.

Free accounts can use a custom favicon (that small image that shows up in the browser address bar), but you have to upload an image with exactly the right pixel dimensions. Other site builders such as Wix resize the image for you.

Working With Photos and Galleries

One disappointment with Jimdo is that it doesn't save your photos in your own online collection. If you want to use the same image in different places, you have to reupload it each time. There's no longer even the option to add images directly from Dropbox. Also, you can forget about stock photography, such as that offered by Duda and Wix. However, the builder now offers inline Pixlr image editing tools, which is a big help. When you resize an image in Jimdo, you can't expand the borders already set, which makes it difficult to get the layout you want.

When adding galleries, you can upload multiple image files at once. When I hit Upload, a big percent countdown displayed, and then a grid of my photos with another editable grid below that. This let me drag photos around to reposition them, choose between square and rectangular thumbnails, and select cozy, compact, or spacious views. There's now a justified view with photos tightly packed and in their original aspect ratios. You also get slideshow auto-play and full-window options—nice!

Getting Social

My test site had social sharing buttons automatically added to the bottom of the home page, thanks to the template. When you add the Share Buttons page element, you have a choice of 16 networks, at your choice of size, in the networks' original color or monochrome, with square, round, or octagonal buttons.

These buttons let your site viewers share your page to their social accounts. If, on the other hand, you want to send them to, say, your Facebook page or Twitter feed, Jimdo offers separate page elements for these purposes. And the Twitter element can add a specified number of your most recent tweets. For Facebook feeds, a scrolling box appears starting with the most recent posts.

Mobile Site Building

Many modern site builders make a big point of producing mobile and responsive sites. Jimdo's Settings panel offers two relevant options: Mobile View and Mobile Express Page. If you activate a mobile template, menus (and even purchasing) will work on phones. If you don't, your videos won't play, and navigation will be tough.

Once I activated a mobile template, my site worked well (and was fast) on my iPhone X. Slideshows are particularly well done, with a full-screen option. Mobile Express is an extra page for your site on mobiles, letting you enter crucial info like address and business hours. I do, however, miss some other builders' ability to add a mobile splash screen image.

The other side of mobile site building is when you actually build your site on a mobile device. Jimdo was the first of its peers to launch an iPad app; Weebly also has an app web designer, while Wix's app only lets you manage your online store transactions. Jimdo's app is well designed and intuitive, but offers fewer content types than Weebly's app.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
7.1
Templates
100+

 

  • Great Option for Users With Some Web Development/Design Knowledge
  • Advanced Animations & Effects
  • CMS API, SEO Tools
  • Customizable Forms
9.7
Templates
1000+

 

  • Numerous excellent templates
  • Well-designed editor
  • Both in-house and Ecwid eCommerce
  • Numerous integrations
  • Free 14-day trial
8.1
Templates
10+

 

  • Supports multilingual sites
  • Includes online code editor & database tools
6.8
Templates
10+

 

  • No coding skills needed
  • Simple to use editor
  • Built-in e-commerce tools
  • Responsive designs that perform well on mobile
  • Ability to use your current domain or purchase a new one
  • Easy to use form builder
  • Social feed optionBuilt-in HTTPS for added security
5.8
Templates
25+

 

  • Cheap to make your website advertisement-free
  • Unlimited storage space on Business plan or higher
  • Help and support is concise and to the point