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Meet Our New Jimdo Templates!

Last year, we released a whole new catalog of Jimdo templates along with our new user interface. Since then, our designers in Hamburg have been hard at work adding even more choices to the collection.

 

Ready for a new look?
Today, we’re excited to introduce five options that are great for businesses, portfolios, or personal websites. Meet Amsterdam, Lille, Reykjavik, Bordeaux, and Paris!

 

Like all Jimdo templates, they are easy to use and customize with your favorite colors, images, and fonts. You can preview a new template by clicking on the Templates button in your Site Admin. Don’t like it? Don’t worry—you can switch your template at any time without losing any of your content.

 

Jimdo Template Selector Change your template at any time in the Template Selector. Just choose "Templates" in your Site Admin to browse the different options.

Below, we've asked our designers to tell us a little bit more about each template, and provide some design tips for how to use them best.

 

1. Amsterdam


Template Designer Markus Bertling

 

With its subtle shadows, Amsterdam puts the focus on your main content area. The header allows for a nice display of your logo and title. Combined with the understated sidebar, this is a great template for your business website. — Markus Bertling

 

 


Design Tips:
  • Amsterdam's variation has a fixed navigation at the top that's always visible as you scroll down the page.
  • Keep the design and content in your sidebar simple and low-key so they don't distract from the main content area.
  • Amsterdam looks best when you keep your navigation menu to one line.



 

2. Lille


Ingo Ellerbusch

 

Lille gives you a lot of room to play with structure. The navigation menu is divided into two rows, with the logo and title sitting between the primary and secondary navigation. This makes it a good option for multilingual websites. I also think the soft, rounded edges make it a nice choice for cafe or restaurant websites. — Ingo Ellerbusch

 


Design tips:
  • Lille looks best with a good-looking background image and a complementary header image.
  • Try center-aligning the logo and header text; you can also align the navigation to the left, right, or center.
  • Keep your navigation simple and short to avoid it breaking over into two lines.



 

3. Reykjavik


Henrik Fricke

 

Reykjavik is a beautiful template for creating a blog or a business website. The navigation and the logo are fixed in a bar on the left side, so your users will see this sidebar on every view and every page. It’s a great way to create a structured, easy-to-follow website. — Henrik Fricke

 


Design Tips:
  • The logo area in Reykjavik is fairly small, so it won’t work if you have a logo with lots of small detail in it.
  • Reykjavik looks best with a simple navigation structure—it’s not so good for websites that need lots of subpages.



 

4. Bordeaux


Template Designer Markus Bertling

 

If you have a content-rich website with lots of subpages, check out Bordeaux. Online stores with lots of subcategories can present their items and keep a good overview at the same time. — Markus Bertling

 

 


Design Tips:
  • Bordeaux looks great with a large, high quality “mood image” at the top.
  • Bordeaux can support a lot of subpages and content, but remember to keep no more than 7 items in the top navigation.
  • You can choose whether you want your template aligned to the left, right, or center—and you can do the same with your top navigation.



 

5. Paris


Henrik Fricke

 

With Paris, the navigation is fixed in the top left corner, with huge spaces for a background image and logo. Its clean edges make it perfect for creating a modern-looking web presence. For example, a business website in simple black and white with an architectural background image could look great with this template. — Henrik Fricke

 


Design tips:
  • Paris works well with a clean image in the background and a modern, light font.
  • Since the navigation is fixed over the background image, don’t use a background image with lots of colors—it will make your navigation tough to read.
  • Don’t use Paris if you need lots of subnavigation menu options. Bordeaux would be a better option for that.

What do you think of the new options? Let us know which ones you'd like to try out, and share the results in the comments!