I recently came across a website builder called Jimdo and was impressed by how tidy and simple to use it was.
Will my complete Jimdo review reveal that we've found a hidden web-building gem? Or will it turn south and show some serious problems? Let's have a look.
Making Website Building Simple
If you’re a complete web newbie who’s trying to build their first website, Jimdo is a great choice. It's simple, straightforward, and effortless to use.
For example, it took me all of 5 minutes to build a simple test site with their Dolphin AI technology. This program runs you through a simple list of questions and will help you generate a custom website template that best suits your needs.
I find this sort of thing really helpful, and not many website builders offer something as useful and convenient as this.
Well done, Jimdo.
One thing I will mention quickly is that they have no live support. Customer support is done via a ticketing system which means that getting fast answers won't always be easy.
So, what does Jimdo bring to the table?
In all honesty, even a simple review shows that you won’t get anything from the Jimdo website builder that you wouldn’t get from one of their larger competitors like Wix. Whatever you can get with Jimdo, you can get with them as well. There is no serious killer feature.
There is, however, one thing that does stand out to me - Jimdo's simplicity. I know I've already said it, but I have to say it again. I think the Jimdo website builder is probably one of the easiest I’ve ever used.
Jimdo websites can be stunning
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if the simplicity of the Jimdo website builder would detract from its ability to create high-quality websites. Simple website builders often lead to simple looking websites.
However, a quick review of a few different sites built with Jimdo shows that this isn’t necessarily the case. The Jimdo website actually showcases numerous website built with their platform as ‘inspiration’. Some of them are absolutely stunning. And with just a little research, you can easily find the templates that were used to make those websites happen.
No Drag-and-Drop builder
One thing I don’t like about the Jimdo website builder is that they don’t allow to move the elements freely, pixel-by-pixel. Instead, you have to use the presets offered by the builder itself.
Some may find this to be a minor concern, but some users may find that super frustrating.
However, it is possible to edit the exact layout of your website by tweaking the CSS and HTML code. So, strictly speaking, you do have full customizability - if you know how to code, that is.
And yet still, my overall first impression of Jimdo was pretty solid. Their website builder is simple yet powerful. They offer a wide range of fully customizable, beautiful themes. Even complete beginners can use their builder to create attractive sites. Just don't expect the drag and drog.
I wonder how their pricing stacks up…
In addition to a free plan, Jimdo also offers four premium plans. They are all different and meant for slightly different types of users with different goals for their websites.
One thing that I will note is that Jimdo requires you to pay either 12 or 24 months in advance. I’d recommend testing their free plan out for a while before committing to either of the paid plans.
Overall, I guess a closer look at the plans on offer will help you decide which one is right for your needs.
Jimdo Plans in Detail
Each of Jimdo’s plans are decidedly unique and separate from one another.
Now, I’d probably go with the free plan if you’re writing a personal blog or something like that. You won’t get a custom domain, but it’s perhaps not such a big deal if you’re not commercializing your site.
The Pro plan adds a free domain, as opposed to having to use a .jimdofree.com subdomain for your website. Jimdo's own ads from the website will also no longer be visible, and there's pro customer support, as well as full mobile optimization.
The Business plan is billed as their best seller, and it’s easy to see why. While more expensive at $20 a month, it brings in unlimited storage, SEO optimization, and eCommerce capabilities.
Finally, there are SEO Plus and Platinum plans. Priced at $30 and $40 a month respectively, they include everything the Business plan has, but also have a professional SEO add-on and expert website review.
Let's have a look at all of those plans, in detail.
|Disk space||500 MB||5 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Bandwidth||2 GB||10 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|How many website templates?||16||16||16||16||16|
|Can you connect your own domain?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|How many websites can you make?||1||1||1||1||1|
|Are there builder's own ads on your website?||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Additional features||-||Mobile optimization||SEO, mobile optimization, eCommerce||SEO, mobile optimization, eCommerce, SEO plugin||SEO, mobile optimization, eCommerce, SEO plugin, expert website review|
From the plans Jimdo has, Professional seems to offer perhaps the best value. Unless you're very interested in SEO plugins, and an expert website review. Sadly, both of those features will cost $10 a month each. So while they seem interesting, they don't exactly represent good value for money.
When it comes to uptimes and performance, Jimdo is doing quite well. Response times of around 600-700 ms are just slightly better than the industry average and the average uptime of 99.99% is also really good.
So overall, not many issues with performance.
My Jimbo Review Round-Up
I can’t see a lot wrong with Jimdo and their website building service. Their support does have a reputation for being somewhat slow, but their services are so simple and self-explanatory that I’d be surprised if you ever actually need to use the customer support.
The prices are somewhat fair. But the Business plan is still rather expensive at $20 a month, and SEO Plus/Platinum plans are simply not worth it.
I won’t pretend that Jimdo will suit everyone, but I do think that it presents a great choice for tech newbies who want to create their own simple website.
Let us know what you think with your own Jimdo reviews in the comments below!