May 2012 Blog Archive


Thu

31

May

2012

Spring Cleaning: The Jimdo Hackathon

We're excited to announce the wrap up of yet another successful Jimdo Hackathon. This has become a recurring time of year when we get to temporarily break from our major ongoing projects and focus on tackling other necessary improvements. 


Holed up at Jimdo headquarters in Hamburg, the Jimdo developers have been hard at work for the past few weeks doing a bit of spring cleaning. Fortunately, more than just organized closets and that infectious scent of Pine-Sol, the fruits of their labor come in the form of new features for you, our loyal users! Here are some of the improvements:

 

Copy Elements and Pages

Ask and you shall receive. We've added a shiny new Copy button to all elements on your JimdoPage. Need to duplicate a complicated form element or photo gallery on your website? Simply hover over it and click Copy. Now there's two! Keep it where it's at or move it to another page using the clipboard. It's up to you!


JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness users can now copy entire pages as well. If you've ever found yourself needing to create lots of similar pages, now you can build out the parts that are the same on one page and duplicate it with the click of a button.

 

New Styles for Blog Date Stamps

Jimdo bloggers have been glaring at that standard blue date stamp for awhile now, wishing in vain that it had more style. Now, as if before their very eyes, the date stamp has been given a much needed makeover. You can choose from 10 different styles, unlimited colors, and a variety of date formats. Go ahead, style it up. Want to include the day of the week or the year? You can do that too. No more excuses. Blogs away!

 

New Fonts for JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness

Consistency in web design is important, but so is having design options. We know you've been dying to break out of that Arial or Times New Roman box we've inadvertently put you in, and now you can. With 15 new fonts to choose from, your desired typographical style has never been more achievable. 


Test out all the new fonts by clicking on Style in the Site Admin panel. Whether you're looking for something clean like Josephin Sans or something playful like Shadows Into Light, we're positive you'll find a font that suits you.

 

Kurt Lash

Jimdo Community Support



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Mon

21

May

2012

Jimdo Spotlight: MinuteBot

What is MinuteBot?

MinuteBot is a system of components for semi-professional robotics. It combines the simplicity of LEGO Mindstorms with mechanical components where the mechanical properties have been improved compared to LEGO toy components.

 

What problem are you looking to solve with MinuteBot?
Robots are often very expensive and require special skills to program. Since MinuteBot uses the LEGO Mindstorms way of programming, which is very intuitive and designed for children, it is very fast and easy to design a robot for a specific task.

How has social media helped you get pledges for the project?
As our marketing budget is around zero, social media is the only channel to reach potential backers. Luckily, people interested in robotics and LEGO Mindstorms are very frequent users of social media so our backers have really helped spread the news.

 

What is your inspiration?
We are curious people so we find inspiration everywhere, especially from our own lives. We basically make what we need ourselves (if we can't find it in the market already). Apart from that we are just trying stuff. Some things work, some don’t. This both applies for product development and marketing.


What is your most ambitious project so far and what projects do you have in mind for the future?
We recently did a project with some light glasses, SEQINETIC™, to treat the winter blues. This was fun and challenging as we needed to understand what light does to the brain then find the right LEDs and design some electronics to do what we wanted. We came up with SEQINETIC™ "sun" glasses which feature 6 powerful LEDs and a reflector. The reflector bounces soft white "daylight" around your eyes but not directly into them, improving your mood.

 

How does Jimdo compare to other web building experiences you've had?
We are not programmers by heart but we have done the occasional HTML programming. We did not have fun. Content is King but sometimes the programming of the site became the Emperor. With Jimdo we do not have to bother about the programming behind the site. We like that a lot.

 

How does building a website compare to building a LEGO robot?
Jimdo is for website building what MinuteBot wants to be for robotics! Very easy and intuitive and if you fool around with it for a while you can see that you can do a lot of stuff with the building parts available.

Check out MinuteBot's project on Kickstarter! There are still a few hours to go to become a backer.

 

Video by Oyen Lab, Cambridge University

Ana R. Alvarado

Public Relations


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Mon

14

May

2012

Learn to build and promote your JimdoPage: Webinars this week!

Brent, your Jimdo webinar guide!
Brent, your Jimdo webinar guide!

Our growing support team is always excited to lend a hand and give advice to new Jimdo users. This week, we have two webinars lined up. We'll walk you through building your first JimdoPage and share the necessary steps for making sure the right people can find your website on Google.

 

Each of these free online workshops includes 60 minutes of instruction, demonstration, and a question-and-answer seession with a Jimdo team member. We'll also be available in the chatroom to answer any of your questions. Keep an eye on www.jimdo.com/help/webinars for the schedule and to register for upcoming webinars!

This Week's Sessions:

Jimdo Website Basics


Jimdo SEO Basics


 

Brent Gummow

Multi-talento


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Fri

11

May

2012

Lights, Camera, Action! -- Announcing The New Video Element

 

Have we got news for you! We've completely revamped the Jimdo video element - taken it apart and redesigned it from the inside out. Now it's ready for you to use on your JimdoPage.

 

You can use the redesigned video element to embed videos from many different video platforms. Here's a breakdown of the changes:

  • Embed videos from many different video services easily: YouTube, Vimeo, Blip, Veoh, and more
  • Maximize the video size at the click of a button, just like you can with an image
  • Choose the video proportion (16:9 or 4:3), so you can match the way the original video format so it looks just right
  • Adjust the size down to the pixel, without having to use the HTML / Widget element

 

But let's not waste any more words. What better way to show how the video element works than with a video? Check it out above.

 

For more details on how to use the new video element, take a look at video element help article.

 

 

Powen Shiah

U.S. Country Manager


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Wed

02

May

2012

Jimdo Spotlight: Dunava

What's the story behind Dunava?
The story behind Dunava is the story of the evolution of Balkan singing in the United States. I'm not sure who did it first, and whether the songs came independently or with the rising popularity of Balkan folkdances, but certainly one of the first influential groups was The Pennywhistlers, led by Ethel Raim in the 1960s. Since then, Balkan music and dance has steadily gained popularity in the US and women's choirs have sprung up in many major cities -- some amateur, some professional. Dunava was founded when Dina was considering joining Kitka in the Bay Area, but could not imagine leaving her home city of Seattle. Seattle had had many iterations of Balkan choirs in the past, but when the latest version disbanded, the opportunity was there to start fresh and introduce new singers to this music.

 

Are you from the Balkans?
No! Well, one of our singers is from Bulgaria, and we are so happy to have her. Aside from Tedy, we are all Americans. Hila was born in Israel, and Dina was born in Germany, but the international connection stops there.

 

How do you get your music?
Lots of ways! We hire professional singers for workshops and ask them to teach us new songs. We attend other classes (many of them at Balkan music camps in California and Oregon), and share repertoire with other singers and groups. Some songs we transcribe from recordings or YouTube. Sometimes our singers will travel to the Balkans and "collect" songs from groups and singers over there. There is certainly no shortage of beautiful songs from the Balkans!


 

What has been the most rewarding part of being in the ensemble?

Singing this music is immensely satisfying! We memorize all our songs, and there is nothing like standing on stage, looking and smiling at each other, while locking in to some complicated harmonies that are so otherworldly and so beautiful. Aside from bringing this music to life, we have great camaraderie in the group. Some of our best memories singing together include discovering that we all know Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsodie" from start to finish and that we share an affinity for many Broadway and Disney musicals. We very much enjoy each others' company and respect each others' musicianship.



 

How has having a Jimdo website benefited Dunava?
More than I can count! Believe it or not, but people actually search for Balkan choirs in Seattle on Google, and there we are. Numerous people have contacted me for auditions through the site, and we've found several performance opportunities. Similarly, when we are applying for a grant or festival application, we know our Web site can give anyone a good idea of who we are, what we do, and how to contact us.

 

For a list of Dunava's upcoming shows go to dunava.org.


Photos by Steve Borzilleri and Rik Katz | Video by Dunes Wijayratne.

Ana R. Alvarado

Public Relations


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