The designers at Jimdo have a spring surprise for you! Brand new layouts for the season -- for JimdoFree, JimdoPro, and JimdoBusiness! We hope that you like these new options -- maybe there's one
for your digital spring cleaning! :)
Thanks to the new layout numbers, we can now tell you exactly which ones are new:
And of course, here's the preview:
The big day is finally here!
Christian Springub, one of Jimdo's founders, moved to the US a few months ago to form partnerships and talk to customers in preparation for the launch, leaving co-founders Matthias Henze and Fridtjof Detzner in Germany. Since our big differentiator is customer service, there wasn’t even a thought given to entering the U.S. market without actually being here.
In Europe, they already know us. We're not the biggest company in the world, but we're #774 overall on Alexa and in the Top 500 websites in 15 countries around the world.
According to Quantcast, our site reaches about 15 million people monthly worldwide and has over 100 million impressions. And here we are on Google Trends alongside our competitors: Weebly, Yola, and Wix.
We have it on good authority that our customer service is more personal, so we are anxious to compete. Now the question is, how do we get attention in the U.S.?
(Some pictures of our new home: The DoorHaus in the Mission. Stay tuned for the launch party in a few weeks!)
We got the advice that bloggers and reporters hate press releases, so we decided to do something different. It came from an idea Robert Scoble gave us when he said Jimdo isn't "your father's FrontPage." We decided we wouldn't send out your father's press release, either.
The order is in for 200 bottles, and we are gathered some sand from a beach in Germany where we were founded, and some from a beach in San Francisco where we have our American beachhead. We're sending the bottles of sand to 200 bloggers and editors, with the message "Jimdo is establishing a beachhead in the United States. Look out, competition!"
For us this is difficult, because we know what works in Europe and we don't (yet) know what works here in our new home.
Wish us luck - we do have 3.5 million users globally, so we must be doing something right.
(Thanks to Christian's grandmother, mother, and wife, who helped with the packaging of the bottles)
The do-it-yourself ethos is strong with Eric Gagne; he lives by the notion that if you want something done - and done well - you may as well do it yourself. To remedy a lack of noteworthy concerts in his humble hometown, Eric, along with a few close friends and his wife, started the The Thing in the Spring. Jimdo recently caught up with the musician to learn more about the fourth installment of the music festival.
What's the story behind this homegrown event?
The Thing in the Spring started basically because my buddy Ryan Wilson and I started putting on shows and designing posters together, and kind of kept coming up with different ways to manifest the Fillmore, Woodstock, and various cultural phenomena involving poster-making, and amazing concerts. We live in Peterborough, which is a pretty small hamlet in southern New Hampshire; not a lot of groups that we wanted to see were really coming here, so we decided to just start writing to bands we were into.
My wife and Ryan put the idea of *broke: The Affordable Arts Fair together, which is an art fair where the vendors sell their work for $50 or less. And then we thought, hey let's just book concerts all around this. Really we are just trying to book groups we are really into; luckily it's a small world, so we can get inquiries to folks pretty easily, and they generally like what we're doing and how we're doing it.
It's all born of that same DIY ethos; f*** ticketmaster, f*** paying $50 to see a band, f*** waiting for someone else to do what you want to do... etc.
What's the most challenging part of doing things on your own? On that note, what's the most rewarding part of this process?
Well it's always a challenge getting the money together. Ticket sales all go to paying for it too but since we try to keep the prices down as much as possible in order to keep it accessible, we do have to solicit donations and try to get the surrounding businesses to contribute. The most rewarding thing is just having it all paid for before it starts so we can all relax and enjoy the weekend. Though, that hasn't quite happened yet, but it's looking promising this year. In general just seeing folks enjoy themselves, and getting to hear the amazing performances is plenty worth all of the work.
You have another project, The Glass Museum. Tell me more about it.
The Glass Museum at first was just my kitchen; I used to live above the pub here in town. I taught myself screen printing, and started designing and printing posters for the shows there, blasting Coltrane into the small hours of the morning. Now we try to put out records when we can, we make prints, books, posters, and put on shows at the Toadstool Bookshop here in Peterborough.
When you're not working on either of these projects, what are do you do in your spare time?
I also play in a couple of bands. One, Redwing Blackbird, has been playing and making records for a little while now. We tour over most of the eastern seaboard, and out to Chicago from time to time. Another group is rather new, and called The Dweller on the Threshold. I love reading, records, and film.
Tell me about your experience with Jimdo.
I hate computers, more or less. They are always breaking on me, or confounding me to no end. I asked my buddy Louis McDavid, a secret archivist and insurance man, to help me to make a website for our label and The Thing in the Spring. He told me about Jimdo, and said he'd call me one night to walk me through how to set it up. While I waited for his call, I totally figured it out on my own. Any time I have had a question, it's been answered expediently and clearly. I have even gotten mail from you guys! It must be because you are European. Americans don't give a s*** about service (generally speaking!).
Would you like to be in our next Jimdo User Spotlight? Leave us a note in the comments!
Recently, we've noticed that a lot of comment spam has been appearing in the guestbooks and blogs of many JimdoPages -- including our own. We know it must annoy you as much it does us, so we've
done something about it:
The anti-spam protection (captcha) we implemented in the contact forms is now available for you to use on your guestbooks, comment elements, and blog posts. It won't protect you from all spam, but we hope that it will minimize the effect on your sites.
Log into your JimdoPage and click (in edit mode) on your guestbook or blog post. You'll see the new option to activate a captcha. Everyone who wants to write on your page will need to enter the Captcha -- only then will the comment be posted. If you have moderation turned on, you'll still have to approve any comments.
Please note: even this won't protect you from determined (human) spammers leaving spam comments on your site "manually," but it makes it more difficult for them. We'll keep
working on more effective solutions for these types of problems.
You can have complete control over the comments that appear in your guestbook and other parts of your JimdoPage if you select the moderation option. This means that you'll receive still email notifications of each comment. However, they won't appear until you log in and approve them. Of course, it's better for your real visitors to see their comments posted immediately, but if you're getting a lot of unwanted comments, this is a way deal with them.