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A Simple Guide to Google Web Fonts

A Simple Guide to Picking Fonts for your website

There are thousands of fonts out there, and thousands of people who enjoy exploring their subtle differences and forming strong opinions about them. If this is you, you’re in for a treat because typography is going through a bit of a renaissance these days, and there are lots of websites and Pinterest groups dedicated to font aficionados.

 

For everyone else, you might be wondering what you actually need to know to pick some nice, readable fonts for your website. It’s the alphabet, right? How many possible ways could there be to display it? Well, you’d be surprised—but here’s information that can help: 

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See What’s New on the Menu!

There’s a new look for Jimdo’s website editor. Log in to your website in the coming days, and you’re going to see a fresh coat of paint, some rearranged furniture...basically a Jimdo Makeover Edition.

 

We’ve rebuilt the Jimdo menu so you can work even faster and more productively on your website. The settings you use the most often are now easier to reach. Those things you don’t use so much are grouped together and moved out of your way. We’ve also updated our website editor with the latest technology, so that everything loads faster when you’re working on your website.  

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Choose the Best Color Combinations for Your Website

Website Color for Beginners

In a world of millions of websites, color is one of the best ways to make yours feel distinct. Color also plays a huge role in helping people recognize your brand quickly. So it’s not just fun, it’s useful!

 

After you’ve planned your site and started building it, you’re probably excited to get to the more creative part. If you have a color in mind already, or you’re not sure where to start, this article will walk through some of the basics of picking colors and applying them to your website, including:

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3 Web Design Principles Every Beginner Should Know

You see them every day. You probably have a few favorites that you visit again and again. But what, exactly, goes into a well-designed website?

 

When you start building your own website, it feels like you have millions of options for fonts, colors, styles, photos, and more. But the truth is that most successful websites use the same underlying principles to make themselves easy on the eyes, and easy for visitors to navigate. There’s a reason for this, too. According to Google’s research, users prefer simple and familiar designs—and they make this decision in less than the blink of an eye.

 

In this post I’ll go over the basic concepts of web design that will take some of the mystery out of building your own site. If you want to dive deeper, there are many more techniques and ideas you can use, but these provide a good place to start.

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8 Website Shortcuts for Busy People

When you start your own website, you're confronted with so many choices: colors, fonts, how to lay out your pages, what to put on each page, etc. It can be overwhelming! The good news is that there are a lot of shortcuts to help you get going, so you don't have to start from an entirely blank page.

 

Here are some of our best hacks to save you time on setting up pages, choosing colors and fonts, finding photographs, and more.

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Ask the Website Doctor: Your Template FAQs, Answered!

Like any good relationship, it takes some trial and error to find a template that’s just right for your website. Fortunately with Jimdo, you can change your template at any time without losing your work—so think of choosing a template as more like speed dating than any iron-clad commitment.

 

If you’re still using the same template you started with, you get an A+ for loyalty...but you might be missing out on even better options. Let our Website Doctor help you out, with some of the most frequently-asked questions about templates and the answers that will get you matched to the right one in no time.

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Awesome Jimdo Websites Using the Malaga Template

Ask Jimdo Experts for their favorite Jimdo template, and they’ll probably tell you all about Malaga. Clean and modern, Malaga is a go-to template for business websites. But, as you’ll see from the examples below, a “business website” doesn’t have to be boring. Malaga is also versatile enough to use for online stores, portfolio sites, and more.

 

Check out these top reasons why Malaga is a designer favorite, and learn some of the best ways to make Malaga work on your own website.

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3 Secret Jimdo Templates You’re Sure to Love

Last week, my colleague Laura told you all about Jimdo’s most popular templates. There’s wide-open Zurich, flashy Rio, and easy-to-use Berlin. All three have risen to the top to become our users’ favorites.

 

But out of all of Jimdo’s responsive templates, I want to take a moment to highlight some of the lesser known ones. The unsung heros. The wallflowers. The hidden gems.

 

If you’re looking for a template that’s off the beaten path, be sure to give these three a chance:

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See Why These Jimdo Templates Are Our Users’ Favorites

Sidebars, breadcrumbs, dropdowns...picking the perfect template can mean scrolling through a lot of options. How do you find the one template that’s just right?

 

Well, if you believe in the wisdom of crowds, you might go with the templates that your fellow Jimdo users like best. With over 15 million websites and counting, there are some templates that keep rising to the top as our users’ favorites. Why not start there?

 

The following templates have been tried and tested by Jimdo users and still rank among our most popular. Take a look and see why!

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New Responsive Templates: A Beautiful Website on Every Device

How do you usually look at your website? From a laptop? A mobile phone? Or do you switch back-and-forth between the two? Now your website will look absolutely amazing on every device you use, because all of Jimdo’s templates are now responsive!

If you’ve ever spent time trying to navigate a website on a tiny screen, squinting and accidentally hitting the wrong buttons, then this update is for you...We’ve been rolling out responsive templates for a while now, but today we’re happy to share that every single Jimdo template is responsive, from Amsterdam to Zurich. Read on to see what this means for your own website—we think you’ll really like the change.

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New Image Editor Makes Your Jimdo Website Picture Perfect

Big news, Jimdo users! We’ve added Adobe’s powerful Creative SDK Image Editor to Jimdo’s website builder. Now you have an easier, faster way to customize images so they look just right on your website. Edit, crop, enhance...all without leaving your site!

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New Tokyo Template Will Help Your Website Bloom

To celebrate the season of warm sunshine and new beginnings, our designers collaborated with our Tokyo office and designed a template to match this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.


We asked web designer Jill Heyer to tell us about Tokyo, and provide some design tips on how to best use this gorgeous template.

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Create a Jimdo Site Even Faster With Suggested Layouts

Microwave popcorn, pizza scissors, and bathtub wineglass holders—these are all awesome inventions that make life easier and better. Today, we’re excited to add Suggested Layouts to the list!

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How to Match Colors on Your Website

Blue. Light blue. Light blueish greenish. Sometimes the exact color you want is hard to describe, especially if you’re trying to match colors in your logo or brand. But instead of approximating colors on your website and hoping they’re “close enough,” there’s actually a much better, easier way to guarantee a good match. No squinting or guesswork required.

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15 Vibrant Online Tools That Make Color Simple

There’s no reason for your designs to look drab—especially when it comes to color. A quick glance online and you’ll find a stockpile of color scheme apps ready to help you learn, play and perfect your next palette.

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Create Better Calls to Action on Your Website

Want someone to buy your product? Or perhaps you want them to donate to your cause, contact you, or read more about your services? In any of these cases, you’ll need strong calls to action (CTAs) on your website...ones that people just can't resist clicking.

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8 Ways to Finally Finish Your Website

We’ve all done it. You started a book and abandoned it halfway through. You vowed to clean out that scary junk drawer but got distracted by something else. Or maybe you tried picking up a new hobby only to have several pre-paid guitar lessons go to waste.

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How to Design the Perfect One Page Website

Jimdo users are an adventurous bunch. As early adopters of web design trends, you're probably well acquainted with one page websites. And it’s easy to see why everyone is smitten with this popular new kid on the block.

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One Year of Awesome Logo and Website Contests

One year ago, we started offering the Logo & Website package with 99designs. Since then, we’ve had a blast working with our friends at 99designs to provide customers with beautifully designed websites. We now have over 1,200 certified designers waiting to help you with your site, and thousands of contests have already been completed. Yours could be next!

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Meet Your New Jimdo Feature: Backgrounds Per Page!

One is such a lonely number. That’s why today we’re thrilled to announce the release of one of our most requested features: Backgrounds Per Page. You can now easily create a unique background for each page of your Jimdo website.

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10 Jimdo Websites Using the Miami Template

In the battle of the Jimdo templates, we’ve laid out the case for our favorites like Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Zurich, and Rome. But in the timeless words of Will Smith, Miami is “the type of town I could spend a few days in.” And just like Will Smith, once you spend some time with the Miami template, you’ll see why it’s one of the more popular places for your website to be.

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Design Tips for Your Multilingual Website

Last week we went over examples of different bilingual and multilingual websites built with Jimdo, and took a behind-the-scenes look at how they did it.

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How to Build A Multilingual Website, with Examples

Jimdo customers are a cosmopolitan bunch, and many of you want to create multilingual websites. But setting up a site that has all of your content in different languages and that’s easy for customers to use can sometimes feel like a tall order.

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10 Jimdo Websites Using the Rome Template

Ready for the romance of Rome? While this Romeo can’t offer you a declaration of love on a moonlit balcony, it will easily steal your heart and leave you with a website even Michelangelo would be proud of.

 

Our quest to find the best template for your site continues. You’ve read the reasons why beautiful Barcelona and ravishing Rio might be your perfect template choice. Both are fantastic options, but that was before you met Rome...

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Get Designer Results from a DIY Website Builder

An artist’s sketch, a hairdresser’s updo, or a photographer’s portrait—it’s no surprise that these turn out better than our own doodles, hairstyles, and selfies. Is the same true for websites?

 

Not necessarily. With a little know-how and a few tricks of the trade, you can use some of the same techniques that professional designers use, and take your own website from good to great.

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