At Jimdo, our fantastic Support Team helps customers all over the world build beautiful websites—but no matter the country, some questions pop up again and again...
Though we always love to hear from you, we thought we could save you time by compiling the top 5 questions we receive at Support and our quick answers so you can get back outside to enjoy your summer in the sunshine.
Meet our English Support Team! From left to right: Anne-Line, Tom, Aysha, Mohammad and Ryan.
You've created a beautiful website, and now you're ready to see it in all its glory—listed on Google of course.
You type your web address into Google but nothing appears...
Before you have a Mel Gibson worthy meltdown, take a deep breath and relax because it can take a few weeks for a new website to be indexed on Google.
Most people assume that once you build a website, Google will automatically add the site to its index. However, Googlebots need time to crawl through millions of websites a day and create an index for your website.
If your site is indexed, you know that Google has found it. But that DOESN'T mean you're going to be on the first page of search results. To improve your search engine ranking, follow these simple steps.
"Use some keywords, verify your website, and add a blog to your website to help Google understand what your website is all about!"
– Tom Collerton
We've all been there. Ready to throw the computer out the window because it just isn't working, and then someone from IT comes along and plugs in the computer cord.... Before you jump to step 2, make sure that Google hasn't already added your site to its index.
To do this, log in to your website and go to Settings > SEO > Google Indexing. This will show you a list of all pages on your website that are in Google’s index. If you see at least one result displayed, your site has been indexed.
Need some professional help improving your website's SEO? Get expert advice from a SEO Coach.
If you check and your website still hasn’t been indexed, you can try to speed up the process. Google will index your site more quickly if you submit your website address via Google Search Console, or you can increase your
chances even more by claiming ownership of your site with Google Webmaster Tools. Now that Google is aware
of your website, it's more likely to index it sooner.
The legendary Harry Selfridge didn't wait for customers, he actively drew them into his store with lavish window displays, an easy-to-navigate store layout, and prolific, buzz-worthy product advertisements.
Shopping experiences may have changed in last 100 years, but one thing remains the same: the customer is key.
“Consider offering free shipping to encourage even more sales!”
– Ryan Anderson
Whether you're creating your first Jimdo site, or want to give your current site a makeover, the template you select directly impacts the overall look and feel of your website.
It's easy to be distracted by the sheer number of templates available and focus entirely only on sample content—especially as you can use any of our templates! However, don't choose a template because it has the most similar content to yours because our templates aren't content specific—there isn't a 'photography' or 'cooking' template.
“I chose the Helsinki template for my blog because the wide content area displays each post perfectly.”
– Mohammad Hassan
Since our templates are entirely based on structure, we recommend that you learn the different parts of a Jimdo template and decide what pieces are most important to you.
There are five essential parts to a Jimdo template: Header and logo area (yellow), Navigation (blue), Content Area, Sidebar and/or Footer (red). Every template has these five key parts, however, each template will arrange these parts in different ways. Once you are comfortable with how the different parts work, you will know exactly what parts you want on your website and choose a template on that criteria.
Our Jimdo designs "St. Petersburg", "Riga" and "San Francisco"
Sometimes we just want a quick list of recommended templates for your website, so we've matched our most popular types of websites with recommended templates below.
Looking for some extra design help? Connect with a professional designer to help you choose and design the best template for your website.
Remember that no decision is final. You can change your template at any time and not lose any of your content.
Setting up your Jimdo blog is easy. Simply follow these 3 steps and you'll be blogging like a pro in no time.
After logging into your site, click on the Blog icon in the Site Admin on the right side of the screen. If you've never used the blog before, select the Activate Now button.
Once you've activated your blog, you'll be prompted to write your first blog post. If you weren't brought directly to a new post page, simply click "Write a new post" and you can start writing a blog post from scratch.
Now comes the fun part, building your first blog post! First, you need to fill out the blog post settings. Then, build your blog post the same way you build pages for your website—by adding Text, Photo, and any other Elements to the page. If you need help designing your blog post, Suggested Layouts can help you quickly structure your post and provide design inspiration.
Note: You can duplicate existing posts with our copy feature and make your own blog post layouts.
All posts are private, until you've made the post public. Go ahead and practice writing a blog post, you can easily edit or delete the post later.
“Add a blog to your website to keep your readers coming back for more!”
– Aysha Hassan
The Blog Display Element is your blog feed—where your website displays your blog posts. When you publish a post, the Blog Display Element is automatically set to display blog posts at the top of your homepage. If you don't want this, you can easily delete the Blog Display Element on the homepage and put it on another page of your site (for example you could create a new page called “Blog” and put your Blog Display Element there.). Take a look at all of your blog display options.
Note: If you click on your blog feed (Blog Display Element), you can't edit your blog post. To edit a blog post, you need to click on the Blog button in the site admin (where you originally wrote your post) and make your changes there.
If you've already found the perfect domain for you website, you can easily use that domain on your JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness site.
There are two ways to do this:
Do you manage several domains for multiple websites, including non-Jimdo websites, and want to keep them all in one place? Or, do you want to maintain full control over your domain? Then we recommend you keep your domain with your current hosting company and simply connect it to your Jimdo site. This process takes about 48 hours.
You can easily connect your domain to your Jimdo site by following these two simple steps.
“Domains give your website an identity, so it’s always a good idea to choose one that best reflects your brand.”
– Anne-Line Ramstad Löffka
Do you want to have your domain and website in one place? Then we recommend transferring your domain to Jimdo, and we can host it for you. This process is slightly more complicated, but the added benefit is that you won’t have to pay a domain renewal fee, since your domain will be included in your annual JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness subscription.
To start the transfer process, first check your domain meets the following requirements. If not, then we suggest connecting your domain instead (Option 1, above).
If your domain meets all the requirements, follow these steps to transfer your domain to Jimdo.
Note: Please keep in mind that the entire transfer process may take more than three business days.
Have questions about building your Jimdo site? Let us know in the comments or get in touch with our wonderful Support Team who are always happy to answer any of your questions.
Content Editor at Jimdo