Jimdo

User Rating
  • 1 Year Free Domain Registration
  • Automatic SEO
  • 14 Day Money Back Guarantee
Score
8.9
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
40+

Web Design With Jimdo

Jimdo's site-building interface strikes a compromise between that of Squarespace$12.00 at Squarespace Personal Plan, which shows the whole site while hiding the controls, and Wix and Weebly, which always show a toolbar. Jimdo shows your full site, with a collapsible editing toolbar.

Most of the other site builders' toolbars include items to place on a page—photos, spacers, buttons, text boxes, forms, and the like. Jimdo's toolbar focuses instead on template choices, style customization (mostly font options), blog posting, SEO, and stats. You work with the actual page elements from overlaid menus and boxes that appear when you mouse over them on the page. This is similar to the way Squarespace works. It initially took me longer to find webpage elements to add than with most other site builders, but after some brief familiarization, using jimdo review is no more difficult than using Squarespace or Wix.

Once you get past required template items such as the header and title image, you see the Add Element option. This offers column dividers, spacers, photos, videos, text, forms, share buttons—just about everything I've come to expect of a site builder. You can drag and drop some elements to a different box on the page, but doing this didn't always produce the expected result in my testing, and sometimes the WYSIWYG editing view didn't match my live site.

You have to dig to find some of Jimdo's capabilities. For example, when I tried adding a column within a column, a message said it was no go, and it appeared that I was only allowed to have two evenly divided columns. But then a blue Edit Columns bar appeared, and this let me resize them and add up to six columns in the template I'd chosen. So it's more flexible that it appears at first. I later ran into a problem, however: I couldn't delete a middle column, even after repeatedly pressing the trashcan icon. A bigger problem is that the builder has no undo capability, except for text entry.

This aesthetic of gradually revealed capabilities also shows up when you're editing text. When you first add or start editing text, you get a simple control that lets you boldface, italicize, or bullet-list your text. But a "…" menu adds alignment, size, and color choices. You also get background-photo tiling and alignment options, as well as overlay effects that look like screens over your image.

Specialty items like file downloads, forms, maps, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and a guest book are also on offer, but you can't upload audio or video files to play. If you don't find what you want, you can add an HTML widget from any site that does offer the particular kind of Web nugget you're after. There is a Pinterest sharing option for photos, but I would like to see a few more Web connections, such as Flickr galleries, Tumblr feeds, and Pinterest walls.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
8.9
Templates
40+

 

  • 1 Year Free Domain Registration
  • Automatic SEO
  • 14 Day Money Back Guarantee
9.5
Templates
70+

 

  • 0 Google AdWords Voucher
  • Squarespace & G Suite Partnership
  • 1 Year Free Domain Registration
  • 14 Day Free Trial
9.8
Templates
500+

 

  • 1 year free domain registration
  • 14 day money back guarantee
  • Wix Stores: Easy to start selling online
  • Wix Ascend business tools & email marketing
  • Google AdWords voucher
8.1
Templates
100+

 

  • Numerous excellent templates
  • Well-designed editor
  • Both in-house and Ecwid eCommerce
  • Numerous integrations
  • Free 14-day trial
7.3
Templates
25+

 

  • 1 or 2 Years Free Domain Registration