Jimdo's new online store feature lets you set up a store of your very own on your site. It's easy and hassle-free! With a store on your site, you can sell your products in the biggest market in
the world: the internet. But maybe getting started is a little daunting… What's the best way to get started? What do you need to keep in mind?
We've collected some tips to help get you started on your online store. The first installment (of four, probably) is below.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to design - so much depends on your audience. Be sure to know who you're targeting!
Your website should match the type of store you have. In most cases, modern and simple designs seem more professional and inspire more trust from potential clients who may not know you and your website yet. The first impression makes a difference, and most visitors will decide within a few seconds whether they're staying on your site.
If you're planning on using your Jimdo site solely as an online store, you can and probably should promote some products (like special offers or sales) on the homepage. You could also highlight
the different types or categories of items you sell.
You can also add some season decorations or images on your homepage. For example, you might want to have spring-themed sales or Easter decorations. Don't forget to showcase new items!
If your online store is an important part of your website but not the entire site, we recommend you add a clear indicator or reference to the store on your homepage.
For example, the sample company website on the right has a small but unmistakable notice about the store on the homepage. In the sidebar, instead of highlighting store categories, there's the normal address and contact information.
Online shoppers can't touch or feel the products, try them on or test them out. To compensate for this disadvantage, consider taking these steps:
It might sound obvious, but every website owner should always keep this in mind: successful websites and successful online stores have fresh content! For example:
To be continued…
The second installment of our series of tips for a successful online store is coming soon! It'll go over some of the legal things to keep in mind when running your store: general information, tips, and how you can check to make sure you're staying on the right side of the law... (but we are not your lawyer and can't offer legal advice!)
Did you enjoy our tips? Do you have any suggestions or ideas? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, please!
That's right, we're increasing the amount of storage for all Jimdo email accounts by 1000%!
You don't need to do anything, your account has already been automagically updated by Jimdo's email elves to 10GB :-) No need to worry anymore about whether to keep an attachment or having to clean out your inbox to save space. Though you might want to keep it clean and organized so you can find what you're looking for! (Just another practical tip from the Jimdo team...)
First of all, thank you for your comments and feedback about the new online store!
We are always really happy to hear from you… when it's praise we're overjoyed but we also appreciate your constructive criticism and improvement suggestions. There have been some questions and concerns about the sales fee, so we've been thinking about how we could make this work while taking your comments into consideration.The decision we've come to:
We definitely understand that you didn't like the idea of having to pay a sales fee after June 30th, even if you have Jimdo's top package. Based on your feedback and our
discussions, we decided exempt JimdoBusiness. The sales fee is staying for JimdoFree and JimdoPro.
Just so there aren't any misunderstandings - how much, starting when, why - here's a run-down:
As always, thanks for reading, and we hope you're as happy as we are that JimdoBusiness will stay sales fee free!
An important announcement: if you've been thinking about upgrading your JimdoPage to JimdoBusiness, take the leap! Starting Tuesday, March 9, 2010, JimdoBusiness is available at the new price only. Check here for an overview of all prices and features for the different Jimdo versions.
Current JimdoBusiness users: don't worry, this doesn't affect you. It only applies to *new* sites that are purchased after Tuesday. If you upgrade to JimdoBusiness before March 9th, then you can continue to enjoy the old price! And of course, when you renew, you'll renew at the old price. In short: you keep the price you started with!
If you've ever thought you might want to upgrade to JimdoBusiness (for the domains, the email accounts, the additional storage -- there are lots of reasons!) now is definitely the time to do it.
Not sure if you want to upgrade? Take a peek at all that JimdoBusiness offers.
We've got fun news and not-so-good news. The fun news is about the new feature released for Jimdo's birthday -- read about it at the bottom. The not-so-good news is about the t-shirts for the quiz-takers... read about that right below. We'll get it out of the way first.
Sadly... very sadly... no one answered all the questions on the quiz correctly! Here's a review of the correct answers:
Most of you got this right on the birthday quiz! The new feature for Jimdo's 3rd birthday is a custom background! Now if you log in and go to the Style section, you can click on the new custom background section and upload your own image! Don't forget to choose whether the image should be tiled (repeated) horizontally and/or vertically.
Don't have any background images of your own at the moment? Not to worry, we've found a few places where you can look. But remember to check the copyright/use licenses:
Enjoy! (and here are some examples of sites with custom backgrounds)
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