January 2012 Blog Archives





Looked at our Pages lately?

Jimdo websites come in all shapes and sizes, and we're here to show you just how amazingly diverse (and just plain amazing) the sites are that you—our Jimdo users—have created. We've updated the Pages section on Jimdo.com two sections to highlight great JimdoPages we've come across.

Customer Sites

From artists to bands to churches, there are more kinds of sites on Jimdo than we ever dreamt of! If you're looking for some inspiration or just want to browse examples of the huge variety of sites that you created with Jimdo, check out our selection of great Jimdo user sites, sorted by type.


With so many different Jimdo layouts, it’s easy to be unique. If you visit our templates in action, we'll help you get there! Whether you’re a business owner trying to figure out the best way to communicate your mission, or an artist looking for the perfect portfolio design, there is a template just for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing a layout by highlighting a few of our favorite templates and showing you exactly what they can do. Check ‘em out now!

You can be part of it too!

Think you've made a site on Jimdo that's just as awesome or even better than the ones we're already featuring? Submit it to us, please! (English sites only, please).






Jimdo Spotlight: Accessories by ASH

How long have you been creating jewelry?


So my line, Accessories by ASH officially started in May of 2010, but i've been making/selling stuff for years.   I used to sell friendship bracelets in Elementary school, then I got a sewing machine for my 16th birthday and I moved onto making bags and clothing. Then I started a design club in college and started to sell my wares in the student union.


What's special about your business?


I think the core of ASH is all about making a statement and wearing unique pieces.  I've always been able to look at something and see how it can be repurposed. ASH are my initials, but it's caused some confusion. People have started to think my name is Ashley. Even acquaintances for years will start to doubt my name.


I like to say I have a business on a budget.  My friends have been a huge part of starting my business.  A friend from college hooked me up with the photographer that took the pictures of my first collection.   My current photographer, model, makeup person, logo, PR director and website were all connected to me through friends.  It's been amazing how something so personal has gotten others so excited.  It seemed like such a daunting task to start a jewelry company, but i've been pleasantly surprised how easy it was and how willing people are to help.


On your website, you write that part of your inspiration comes from when you worked on a documentary about lobster fishermen. How did that come about?


Senior year in college I took a documentary film class.  Our final project was to make a film, so my group chose to do one on wooden boatbuilding in Maine.  We hung out with some amazing and passionate lobster fishermen.  I've always been attracted to texture and woven bright colors, so when I saw the knots they made while on the water, I knew I had to learn them.  I learned the basic ones from fishermen during shoot breaks in the boat yard.  I started to make some of my own, and experiment with whatever cord I would find.  I've been making these knots ever since but only recently started putting them on chains and making them into necklaces.  Now I want to knot everything.  I love rope, I think there is something so organic about it.

What other sources do you draw inspiration from in your work?


In terms of inspiration, I work in the fashion industry so I do get trend reports and downloads from the runway shows, but I don't really use them for direction or inspiration.  I get inspired when i see a cool piece of chain and play with it for a while.  I don't sketch anything out, everything is thought out while i actually make it.  When it comes to my materials, i sometimes let them find me.  I'll walk into a trimming store in Vermont and see they are going out of business, i'll buy a box of assorted tassels or cord and then see what i can do with it.  If it works, i buy more and include it in the line.  If not i have a one of a kind piece that i keep around for future inspiration.  My line tends to grow and extend upon itself, rather than off of runway trends.  Part of the fun of designing is the challenge and allowing yourself to truly be creative without an end goal, without trying to fit into notions of saleability.


How did you find out about Jimdo?


I found Jimdo when looking to build my ecommerce site.  I have very basic coding skills, so I wanted a template driven interface that I could easily manipulate and update.  I had been using one of Jimdo's competitors but I found the customer service to be horrible, really stale responses.  I love the zoom in feature on the item pages.  It's really helpful for my customers to be able to see all the detail of my items.


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Go Horizontal! The New Jimdo Columns Element

One of the features our users request most is to be able to organize content horizontally on the page, i.e., add columns to a Jimdo website. Up until now, you could add a Text with Photo element, but if you wanted to add a video next to a text element, or two text elements next to each other, you were forced to do it manually.

If you watched our Christmas episode of JimdoTV, you already know what's coming next: today we're introducing the new Columns element so you can place elements side-by-side on your website!


Here's how it works:

Log into your Jimdo site and go to the page where you want to add new 'multicolumn' content. Now add a new element, "Columns". First you'll see a two-column content area -- but you can expand this to a maximum of six columns by clicking on the "+" button on the lower right of the element.


Got the right number of columns? Then start filling them with content. Add a text element on the left and a image gallery on the right, or a video next to a store product -- the sky's the limit. Two notable limitations: you cannot add a Columns element inside of a Columns element, and you cannot add a Blog Display element inside a Columns element.


Later on, you can always delete an empty column (using the trashcan symbol) or add a new one (plus button).


Now adjust the column width! See the grey textured area between the columns? If you click on this and drag it to the right or left, you can change the width of a column. The percentages on the left and right show you how much of the total space each column is taking up.


Check out the screenshots below for a few ideas on how to use the new Columns module for your site. If you are wondering which layouts work best with widescreen content, check the table underneath.


Here are a few layouts the Jimdo designers picked out that are particularly "column-friendly". Go ahead and try one on for size!

JimdoFree Layouts



JimdoPro Layouts


JimdoBusiness Layouts


Have fun trying out these layouts and the Columns element!






Jimdo Spotlight: Basic Cookies

Kacie with Jimdo founder Christian Springub
Kacie with Jimdo founder Christian Springub

Today, we're shining the Jimdo Spotlight on Kacie Ripperger of BasicCookies. We first met Kacie when we opened up our new office in San Francisco. As an office-warming present, Matthias (one of Jimdo's founders) sent us a box of cookies, which Kacie delivered right into our office. We invited her to join us for the Jimdo launch party, and we even starred in a video together for TheNextWeb. Now Kacie and BasicCookies have moved to Austin, Texas. If you're in the area, we definitely recommend you place an order!


Tell us about your experience at Jimdo launch's party.

The Jimdo launch party was great! It was neat to meet the US team and learn more about the history of Jimdo. I also enjoyed meeting other Jimdo users and seeing the websites of other businesses. I'm impressed with how different Jimdo websites can look - even those that use the same templates.



What's the story behind Basic Cookies?

I sent a batch of cookies with my husband for a special work event they were having in the fall of 2010. I didn't think much of it - I'm from Missouri and that's just what you do! But they were such a hit, his coworkers suggested I start selling them. So I set up my website on Jimdo and started accepting orders in January 2011.


How has your business evolved over time?

How has Jimdo shaped its evolution?

Not much has changed since I launched BasicCookies.com less than a year ago! It's a pretty straight-forward service with a simple ordering system on the website, which Jimdo does beautifully.


 Is there a top seller of your five varieties? What do you think draws customers to your baked goods?

The staple of BasicCookies is definitely the chocolate chip cookies! But the peanut butter cookies are also pretty popular. I think BasicCookies are a hit in San Francisco mostly because they're just old-fashioned, homemade, soft and chewy cookies. There are lots of amazing bakeries in the Bay Area, but many of them serve unique gourmet varieties of cookies - and people love them. But people have special connections with simple, delicious cookies and BasicCookies fit the bill.


Ingredients for chocolate chip cookies
Ingredients for chocolate chip cookies

How long did it take to perfect your recipes? Or, are these generational recipes?

Growing up, my mom always made her delicious chocolate chip cookies for special events or when company came over. They were well-known and often-requested in my small Missouri home town. So I grew up making those and got the recipe from my mom. I've adapted the other four recipes over time. BasicCookies is deliberately simple in that I only make the five varieties of cookies that I make well - at least for now.


What advice do you have for the baking phobic? All the measuring can be intimidating to non-bakers.

I only bake things that sound good to me, and then I experiment with them (and fail often!) until they turn out how I like them. Recipes are just guides so feel free to adapt them!


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