April 2010 Blog Archive





Tips for a Successful Online Store - Part 2: Getting Your Legal Ducks in a Row

Today’s blogpost is the second in our series of Tips for a Successful Online Store. In our last installment, we shared some ideas and suggestions about how to set up your store. Today, we’re going to cover some general legal considerations for running an online store. Please note: We are not your lawyer and this is not legal advice. We’re providing some starting points for you in this area.

This set of tips titled "Part 2: Getting Your Legal Ducks in a Row: Some General Considerations" is available for you as a free download at the bottom of this blogpost. If you missed the first set of tips, visit our blog post with Tips for a Successful Online Store - Part 1: The Look. We hope that some of the tips give you some ideas and put you on the right path. As always, we welcome your ideas, your feedback, and your tips from your experiences!


Part 3 will follow soon - we'll have suggestions about how market your store and spread the word about your products.


Until then - happy selling!


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Store Update! International Shipping Settings

Dear Online Store owners,

We're continually updating and improving the new online store module  - especially because of your feedback and suggestions! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us - please keep it up - and THANK YOU to so many of you who have set up online stores. In the last few weeks, over 6,500 of you have started using the Jimdo Online Store to power your shops!

This first update mostly improves the settings concerning international shipping - and it's already live, so log in and check it out!

What's in the update?



  • Your could only set "standard" or "international" shipping.


  • Choose the specific countries, regions, or even continents, where you want to ship your products.
  • When a customer buys from your store, they'll be able to see if you ship to their country - either through the shipping details page or when filling out the delivery address during checkout.


  • Even prices in whole units of currency will be displayed two places after the decimal point (or comma) e.g. $29.00 or 30,00 €
  • All prices will be shown including the currency's three letter acronym. For example, Euro = EUR, U.S. Dollars = USD, Swiss Francs = CHF.

Great, right? This is how the international shipping settings work:


Log into your JimdoPage and open the Settings in the SiteAdmin toolbar. In the store section, you'll see a new button, "Countries" (see the screenshot above). Click on it to set up shipping for different regions/continents or specific countries. You'll see the view in the screenshot below. To select countries in North America (like in the example) where you want to ship to, click on "edit".


This is how you can select the regions to which you want to ship. If you are willing to ship everywhere, just click on "worldwide shipping". Don't forget to click save when you're finished selecting the countries or regions - otherwise your selections won't be retained!

What your customers see while ordering:

Not enabled yet for all stores, but coming soon!
Not enabled yet for all stores, but coming soon!

Your customers will see the list of countries which you have selected by clicking on the shipping detail link under the product price (this link doesn't always appear, depending on your country. We're working out the kinks on this!). This way, your potential customers can see which countries you ship to and how much the shipping charges are, before they order.


What happens if customers don't check out the link? Not a problem! When they are filling out the address in the checkout, they'll be limited to a drop-down list of countries you selected (see below). We recommend that you make a note on your store elsewhere (in the footer or sidebar, for example) about your shipping policies so that your customers know ahead of time.

Pretty useful, right?


Well, that's it for this store feature update. We hope it makes selling and buying easier for you and your customers!







Saying Farewell to JimdoFree Statistics on May 15, 2010

Our news today isn't our usual good tidings. We're very sad to have to announce that due to technical limitations, starting May 15th, 2010, we will be discontinuing the statistics system for JimdoFree users. Our statistics system hasn't been able keep up with our rapid growth and has reached the point that it can't servce all of our users. We've been searching for an alternative for a while, but we've discovered that this is not easy either: other good systems are so costly that it's not realistic to use use them.


We are searching for a new statistics system, but until we find one, we can only offer them for JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness accounts.


Here's what we recommend:
Save your current stats data, and set up an alternative.

The Good News

You can save your website statistics by downloading them -- before May 14, 2010. They're in spreadsheet format (which you can open with Excel or OpenOffice) -- see our screenshot on the right.

For future web statistics and analytics for your site, we'd like to recommend Google Analytics as an excellent, free option. Using Google Analytics, you'll be able to see detailed reports about your JimdoPage's visitors. We've got some more information about how to set up Google Analytics and how to use it in this Jimdo help article on Google Analytics.


Thank you for your understanding (we know that it's always awkward to lose a feature). We hope you'll find Google Analytics a good alternative!






Announcing... the New Millennium Panel for your JimdoPage!

Happy April Fools' Day! Hope you enjoyed our little joke :-)


-the Jimdo team


EI can hardly believe it: Our developers have done it again! They've been hard at work during these first few spring days to make something new and exciting for your JimdoPages.

TADA!! Here it is: the brand new Millennium Panel. It's kind of a jack-of-all-trades of widgets that you can insert as an element on your site (see right).

So.. .what can it do?

  • Calendar - you can hook it into your Google Calendar if you want, so you'll get event notifications automatically on your Jimdo page
  • News Ticker - have the titles of your blog posts scroll across, or other news
  • Weather Widget - display the weather for the next three days, for your city or town, or your next vacation spot!
  • Construction Sign - is your site still under construction? make sure your visitors know with this slick notice
  • Visit Counter - isn't it great? You can show everyone how many visitors have been to your site!