Tue

20

Oct

2015

Website Coming Soon? Create an Under Construction Page

It’s pretty quick to start a Jimdo website, but sometimes you’re not quite ready for prime time. Maybe you need more time to find photos, finish your text, or test out some new widgets before premiering your site to the public.

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Fri

31

Jul

2015

New Look, New Logo, Same Jimdo Spirit

Not every idea you have when you’re sixteen years old is a good one, but in this case we got lucky. Back then, we were talking about what we wanted to do when we “grew up.” One thing we knew: it had to be something fun.

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Fri

03

Jul

2015

First Half of 2015: Top Posts on the Jimdo Blog

Time flies when you're building websites! It's become our tradition to round up our most popular blog posts every six months, and here's our latest summer edition. With tons of new features, web design strategies, and tips to promote your site, there's plenty here to help out every kind of website.

Your Favorite Posts
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Sun

07

Jun

2015

Jimdo's Next Chapter

Today is a big day for Jimdo—we closed a €25 million ($28 million) minority investment round led by Spectrum Equity. Spectrum is an investor that specializes in profitable, growth-stage companies with sustainable business models—in other words, companies exactly like ours.

Jimdo's Next Chapter
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Thu

30

Apr

2015

Change Multiple Fonts & Colors at Once

Who knew one little switch could be so powerful? If you’ve used the Jimdo Style Editor recently, you may have noticed a new toggle switch that makes changing styles even faster.

Updated Style Editor
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Tue

28

Apr

2015

New SEO Features: Custom URLs & Redirects

SEO is probably one of the topics we get asked about most here at Jimdo. This makes sense, of course—who doesn’t want to make sure that everyone can find your website?

New SEO Features: Change your Page Names
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Fri

10

Apr

2015

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


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Tue

07

Apr

2015

Why We Wanted An Advisory Board—And You Might Too

At Jimdo, we’ve been really lucky to get advice from lots of different people over the past eight years. We’re tremendously thankful for all the help—without it, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

 

Meet Jimdo's New Advisory Board Member
When we seek advice, it's typically for specific questions: structuring development processes, setting up a specific marketing campaign, or developing a mobile app, to name a few. This way, we're able to learn a lot faster than if we had to teach ourselves everything through trial and error.

 

Over time, though, my Jimdo co-founders and I started looking for more. We wanted somebody who would be involved over a longer period of time, who would continually ask us the really hard questions, and thus help us develop Jimdo as a whole.

 

Most importantly, we wanted someone who could tell us the things he or she sees from the outside that are really hard for us to see from the inside.

 

So a while back, we had the idea of setting up an Advisory Board. The idea is to meet at least every three months, report on where we are, and discuss the next steps.

 

We wanted someone who could tell us the things he or she sees from the outside that are really hard for us to see from the inside.

 

Today, I’m really happy to announce our first Advisory Board member: Neil Bainton. Christian got to know him at a conference in the U.S. (Knowing Christian, he started talking to Neil and didn't give him a chance to walk away!) At that time, Neil was the COO of MailChimp and helped build it into one of the most successful email marketing companies to date. MailChimp is a company we deeply admire that shares a lot of the same cultural values as we do.

Jimdo's new Advisory Board Member, Neil Bainton Christian, Neil, Fridtjof, and Matthias at Jimdo's office in Hamburg.


Christian was so impressed that he went to visit Neil and MailChimp in Atlanta to get a better picture. Neil and Christian stayed in touch and, last year, Neil came over and visited us here in Hamburg.

 

It just clicked between all four of us. He asked the really hard questions, and pinpointed and understood the challenges we face right away. We also felt that he was naturally aligned with the culture and vision at Jimdo, which was really important to us.

 

For example, one thing we discussed at length was the challenge we as co-founders face with passing on responsibilities (something Fridtjof has written about before). Jimdo is now made up of 200 awesome people, and it just isn’t possible for us to be responsible for every team. We needed to free up time for us to be more focused on where we want to take the company. This topic was not new to us, but Neil really stressed its importance and also guided us on what our new approach could be.

 

The first meetings with Neil have been tremendously helpful. Based on this experience, I recommend other businesses find their own version of an “advisory board” too. Of course it’s not important what you call it, how often you talk, or what the topics are. It will be different for everyone. Here's some of what we've learned so far about setting one up:
  • Find someone who you admire and trust.
  • Find out if this person is passionate about you, your product and company, and would be available to make time for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! You can deal with a "no" and would probably be ecstatic about a "yes."
  • Set up a formal, regular process (e.g. talk every 4 weeks).
  • Check after the first three sessions to see if everyone is still happy with the arrangement.

It’s been so productive and fun to work with Neil, and I hope you can experience something similar. Neil, you rock and we can’t wait to make Jimdo a better and better company with your help!

 


Matthias Henze

Matthias Henze

Co-founder at Jimdo

 

Matthias studied at the University of Kiel and the University of Gothenburg and then went into business with Fridtjof and Christian to start Jimdo. Matthias takes care of Jimdo's marketing. In his free time, you can find him hang gliding.


Tue

24

Mar

2015

Jimdo Stories: Living the Gelato Dream

Stephanie and Alessandro Bonaventura are owners of the Bonaventura Gelato Lounge in Southern California. Coming from Frankfurt, Germany, they always dreamed of taking their ideas to the United States and seeing where they led. With Alessandro's Italian background they thought, "let's give gelato a try!" Today, they have two store locations, a growing business, and a Jimdo website that's quick and easy for them to edit on-the-go.

 

We sat down with Stephanie to talk more about taking the plunge and starting her own business in a new place:

 

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Tue

17

Mar

2015

Looking for Design Help? 99designs to the Rescue!

At Jimdo, we live and breathe websites. But we also know that your business doesn’t stop and end there.

 

A uniform, branded look can tie together all the parts of your business: your website, social media channels, business cards, packaging, and more. The right brand will convey just the right image about you, help you connect with customers, and help you stand out from the crowd.

 

Introducing 99designs
It used to be that this kind of branding was reserved for businesses with big budgets and design teams. This never sat quite right with us—on the contrary, we think that everyone should be able to present their business in the best light, regardless of their size.

 

That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new partnership with 99designs. We’ll be working together to bring easy, affordable graphic design services directly to you, so that you can build a strong all-around brand for your company both online and offline.

 

To help start things off, we're offering you a discount on your first purchase with them!

Save $35 at 99designs

What is 99designs?


99designs is an online community of graphic designers who provide professional, affordable designs to businesses and DIY’ers like you. First, you answer a few questions about what you're looking for, and designers compete to offer you their best idea. You'll get tons of options to choose from, then pick your favorite.

 

Examples of 99designs logos Here are some logos that were recently made through 99designs for small businesses around the world.

So what can 99designs do for you?


We like 99designs because they open up a whole world of design services that you might be missing. Whether it's a logo for your website, professional stationery, or even a billboard, a designer at 99designs can create it for you, all from one place.

 

Here are a few of their services that you might want to check out:

 

1. Professional logos


A good logo can lend legitimacy to your business venture, and help you stick in people's memories. With their Logo Design Contest, the 99designs community will create dozens of options just for you. You'll get a professional logo you love, for a price you'll love even more. Use it on your website, t-shirts, signage—anywhere you want your business to shine.

 

Need a logo quickly? Their logo shop can customize a ready-made logo for you in less than 24 hours.

 

2. Brand identity


If you want to take your brand one step further, check out the Brand Identity Package. Designers will create a custom logo for you, and also design matching business cards, stationery, and a Facebook cover image. It's the easiest way to get started with branding that will instantly elevate the look of your business.
99designs Brand Identity Package

 

3. Small design tasks for your website


In addition to branding and logo design, 99designs can take care of small design tasks you might need—like updating a business card or retouching a photo. They’ll get it done in less than an hour, for only $19.

 

4. Create your logo and JimdoPro site together


We're kicking off our partnership with a brand new package for those of you just starting a business. With the new Logo & Hosted Website package, you get a professionally-designed logo together with a new JimdoPro subscription. Once you choose your winning logo, your designer delivers an easy-to-edit Jimdo website branded to match—and ready for you to keep adding content and editing whenever you like.

The Logo & Hosted Website package is currently available for new JimdoPro sign-ups. If you are interested in this service for an existing Jimdo website, email our Support Team at 99designs@jimdo.com.


99designs Jimdo Logo Website Package

 

Helping small businesses grow their brands


In the future, we’re looking for even more ways to integrate 99designs services into your Jimdo experience, so that you can be sure your business looks its best. So welcome, 99designs! We know that you’ll be a huge help to so many of our customers who want to put their best foot forward in everything they do.

 

To help celebrate, we’re offering a special discount to our Jimdo customers. Click here to get $35.00 off of your first 99designs purchase. Yes, really. It’s our treat!

 

Know someone who could use a new logo or branded website? Share this discount with them!

 

The discount is valid until April 30, 2015. Just click the link above and your discount will be applied at checkout.