If you have your own domain (e.g. yoursite.com), you've probably received a letter or email from Domain Registry of America. These letters warn you that your domain is going to expire and urge you to renew with Domain Registry of America immediately. Every week we get of emails from people who want to know whether to send money to this company they've never heard of.
Here's the short answer: Don't ever send any money to Domain Registry of America.
Domain Registry of America convinces domain owners to send them money by appearing to be an authority. Their letters are well-written, look like official documents, and include pertinent information like the domain's expiration date. Information about domains (and their expiration dates, etc.) are available publicly on whois.net—Domain Registry of America simply looks up information, sends out their letters, and collects cash from innocent people.
Lawsuits against Domain Registry of America have been unsuccessful because the company is actually an accredited registrar. That means if you send Domain Registry of America money they will in fact register the domain in your name and handle renewing it for you. On the other hand, they will charge you outrageous prices (anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much as the actual cost of the domain) and attempt to sell you additional, unnecessary services like "Domain Protection."
Domain Registry of America uses extremely unethical business practices—such as telling you that you'll lose your ranking in Google unless you renew with them—in order to try and scare people into sending them money.
If you receive a letter or email from Domain Registry of America, simply ignore it. Or have some fun with it—we like shredding and igniting their letters, and sometimes we even fold them into paper swans.
Your domain is safe with the company that registered it, whether that's Jimdo or another reputable company.
If you ever have any questions about a domain you registered with Jimdo, get in touch with our Support Team and we'll be glad to help.
In the past few years, ecommerce has opened up the possibility for small businesses and freelancers to sell their products and services to customers that never could have found them in the pre-internet era. Finding a cost-effective physical location is a difficult process, and it used to be a barrier to entry for would-be merchants who simply couldn't generate enough revenue to sustain a brick and mortar store. We built Jimdo's ecommerce tools with these people in mind.
Opening up an online store using Jimdo is inexpensive and straightforward. Compared to opening a physical store, setting up an online shop is low risk and cost effective. If you have a hobby or a side project that you've thought about turning into a business, creating an online store is definitely the best solution. Once you get your store online, you'll be able to market your products to a vast audience of potential customers from all around the world.
If you started working on your store today, you could make your first sale by next week. Below, we've collected some tutorials that will help you get started with your new online store.
Sign up for a free trial of JimdoBusiness—which gives you unlimited store items—to get the full store experience. In less than a minute your store will be online and ready to be customized.
If you follow these tutorials and try out the features that they explain, you'll be a store expert in a week or less. If you have any questions, get in touch with us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter—we'd love to help you get your store up and running. You can also read the great help articles in our Support Center.
For some additional advice, you should check out Brent's blog post: Tips and tricks for improving your online store.
Good luck with your store. We have a lot of excellent stores on Jimdo, and we're excited to see all of the interesting products that you're going to sell online.
After taking the time to set up your Jimdo store exactly how you want it, you'll anxiously await making your first sale. Once you get an email notifying you that someone has made a purchase in your store, all of your hard work will have finally paid off. But first you need to learn how to process orders and manage your inventory. That's what we'll teach you in today's screencast.
Follow along with the short screencast below to learn how to process pending orders, look at orders in your archive, and manage your store's inventory using Jimdo's built-in tools.
If you have any questions about creating an online store in Jimdo, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. We love seeing all of the different products and services that the Jimdo community sells, and we want to help you create a successful online store as well.
If you've been following along with all of our posts this week, you already know a ton about running an online store. You set up your payment options. You know how to create store items and organize store pages. You even understand your store's advanced features, like shipping options and item variations. By tomorrow, you're going to be an online store master—there are just a few more things to learn.
Today we're going to show you how to create discount codes, which your customers can use during checkout. Discount codes can be created either as a percentage (e.g. 30% off) or a dollar amount (e.g. $15 off). You can also set a minimum order for discount codes, so that people can only use a code if they've spent a certain amount of money in your store. Discount codes can only be created by JimdoBusiness customers.
Watch the screencast below to learn exactly how to create discount codes and how customers will use them in your store during checkout.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using discount codes:
Over the past couple days, we've gone over the basics of running a successful online store. You learned how to set up your payment options and best practices for creating store items and catalogs. Now we're going to dive deep and explain a few advanced features that will take your store to the next level.
In the screencast below, I take a closer look at a store item and explore shipping options, sale prices, and item variations.
Here are a few things in particular I'd like to highlight from the screencast:
Yesterday, we showed you how to set up your personal profile and payment options. Go read that post and set up your online store if you haven't already—it only takes a few minutes.
Watch the screencast below to learn about the options you have when creating store items and store catalogs. We also discuss how to design beautiful and functional store pages.
As you start building your online store, you're going to be creating lots of store items and store catalogs. Learning the ins and outs of these elements will save you time in the long run. Below, we've given our top tips for getting the most out of your store elements.
The store item element has three tabs: Text, Photo, and Price. Today, we're just going to talk about the first two tabs. Later on this week we'll dive into the Price tab.
The store catalog element has lots of options for customization—you'll need to experiment to find the look and feel that's best for your site. Here are a couple of tips to guide you along the way.
Whether you've already made your first foray into ecommerce or you're looking to get started, you're going to benefit from the week of ecommerce tips that we've prepared. Every day this week we're going to give you advice on how to run a successful online store using Jimdo.
Today we'll start with the basics, and throughout the week we'll cover general ecommerce advice as well as Jimdo-specific options for online stores. Keep your eye on our blog and you'll be an expert online store owner by the end of the week.
If you haven't already, create a free Jimdo website by clicking "Sign Up" at the top of this page. Once you've logged in to your website, you're ready to set up your online store.
Today we'd like to show you how to set up an online store with Jimdo. There are two important steps you'll need to complete before you can sell online with Jimdo: create a personal profile and configure your payment options.
This easy step will take you less than a minute to complete. Simply log in to your site, click Settings, then select Personal Profile in the Account section.
Fill in all of the information (name, date of birth, etc.), click Save, and you're done.
Next, you'll need to set up your payment options. This is a crucial step, because we want you to get paid when you make a sale!
We're going to focus on PayPal in this blog post—depending on the country you live in, you may have different payment options available. Please log in to your website and hit the Help icon ("?") in the Site Admin to learn more about payment options in your country.
The following is a large section, but rest assured that setting up PayPal is very straightforward.
That's it. If you've entered all of the information correctly, your store is set up and ready for business.
Tomorrow, we'll go into more detail about selling online with Jimdo. If you can't wait, you should check out Brent's blog post: 5 Tips for Your Jimdo Store. Over the next few days, we'll elaborate on the points Brent discussed in his post.
A few weeks ago, we launched Jimdo for iOS in 7 languages and dozens of countries worldwide. To date, the app has been downloaded more than 70,000 times and has a 4.5 star rating.
Today, we're releasing Jimdo in Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, and Turkey. With this release, Jimdo for iOS is now available in 11 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish, Polish, and Russian.
We're incredibly pleased that Jimdo is able to support so many of the world's major languages. Our motto—"Pages to the People!"—truly summarizes our mission, and days like this remind us how far we've come. Just a few years ago we had a few hundred websites in two languages. Today, Jimdo exists in 12 languages, can be used on a desktop computer or an iOS device, and supports millions of websites around the world.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this point. We look forward to continuing to make website building ridiculously simple.