Whether you’re a complete newbie or already know a thing or two about websites, building your own website doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This guide will help you get your first Jimdo website off the ground. We’ll give you all the steps to make a website and offer tips on design, domains, and more.
In this guide you’ll learn how to:
If you have any questions that aren’t addressed in this guide, Jimdo has a whole bunch of resources to get you started, including our Support Center, video tutorials, other guides, and blog posts. And of course, our friendly Support Team is standing by for any other questions you might have.
To log in, go to your website’s address, then scroll down to the bottom of the page. At the bottom right corner of the page (usually in the footer), click on the small link that says Log In. A box will then appear for you to enter your password.
Once you log in, your website will appear in Edit Mode. This is the view you will use to make changes to your site. When you’re in Edit Mode, you’ll see a sidebar of options on the right. This is called your Site Admin.
If you want to see what your website looks like to the outside world, click on the View Mode icon at the top of your Site Admin. Your website is already online — there’s no need to press “publish.”
When you first signed up for a Jimdo website, you were prompted to choose a template. Don’t worry too much about your decision at this point, because you can change your template at any time without losing any of your work.
The template sets the basic design and layout of your website so that you don’t have to create every page from scratch. For example, your template decides the location of the logo and header, the sidebar, the width of the content area, and more. No matter what template you choose, you can always add and rearrange content — or change fonts and colors — but some parts of the template will remain fixed.
Our templates are built to work for any kind of industry. In other words, there's no "restaurant" template or "dentist" template—you can use whichever template you like!
Remember that the template you choose will apply to every page of your website. This helps give you a consistent look and feel from page to page, which makes for a better user experience for your visitors.
If you’re happy with the template you started with, go ahead and skip to the next section Add text, images, and more [anchor?]. To see other template options, log in to your website and click on Templates in your Site Admin. This will open up the Templates Menu at the top of the screen.
Your current template appears on the left. Scroll through the other template options and when you see one you like, select Preview. This will show you what your current website will look like using the new template. If you like what you see, click Save. If not, click Undo.
Feel free to experiment with different templates. You can always change it back without losing any of your content.
Choosing a template can be tough because you have to visualize how your own website might look in the new format. Use Jimdo’s Template Filter to sort the different templates based on their features. Here are a few tricks that will help you make the right choice.
Choosing the right template can take a bit of trial and error. For more ideas and template inspiration, check out the Template section of our Support Center. Our Examples page also shows real-life Jimdo websites and the templates they are using.
Now that you have a template you’d like to start with, it’s time to make it your own. The text, photos, slideshows, headings, and more that you add to your website are called your website’s content. With Jimdo, you add different blocks of content using Elements. For example, there is a Text Element, a Photo Element, a Maps Element, a Video Element, etc.
If you’ve just selected a template, click on the X in the upper right hand corner to close the Template Menu and return to Edit Mode.
When you first create a website, there are already some sample elements full of placeholder content. Click on any of them to change what’s inside. The element you click on will have a small menu bar on its left side. This is where you can move it, delete it, or make a copy.
Each element has different options, depending on what it is. For example, in a Text Element you’ll see options to type and format your text, add links, etc. In a Photo Element, you’ll be able to upload an image file, resize it, add a caption, and more.
To make a website with all the pieces you want, you will need to add elements. Move your mouse cursor over the place on the page where you'd like to add something. You'll see a black box appear that says + Add Element.
Click on that box to open up the Elements Menu. Here you’ll see options for headings, text, photos, and more. Click on the element you’d like to start with, it will appear on your web page.
Feel free to add different elements and experiment with what they can do. You can delete them at any time. For a full list of the Jimdo Elements with descriptions and pictures, check out the Elements Section of our Support Center.
When you add a new page to your website (more on that in Create website pages, below), you can add a bunch of new elements at once by choosing a Suggested Layout. This is one of the easiest ways to make a website. Pick the type of page you are working on, then choose the option you like best. After you confirm that layout, you can click on each element and replace it with your own content.
When you think about what should go on your website, remember to include more than just text. A text-heavy website is hard to read, and many people will skim right over what you’ve written. Break up your text by using photos and other visuals.
Free Stock Photos
Not a photographer? No problem! There are a ton of free resources on the web where you can find beautiful, high-quality stock photographs and use them at no cost. And we don’t mean fake stock photos of happy people at meetings. Check out these websites for some really striking, unique options:
Download a high-resolution photograph from one of these websites, and then upload it as a background image or into a Photo Element on your own website. They are royalty-free for commercial use so you don’t have to worry about any copyright issues.
For more on using images (either your own or from stock websites), check out All About Images in our Support Center.
Free icons and DIY infographics
Of course, you're not just limited to using photographs. Upload any image file (.JPG, .PNG, or .GIF) to a Photo Element to easily add graphics, icons, logos, and badges to your site.
We like the following resources for all your icons, from social media icons to flags to little creative touches. Download the icons you need and then add them to your own website in Photo Elements. Learn more about how to use icons in this blog post.
You can also create your own infographics or text/image combos with these easy, free DIY graphics programs:
Each Jimdo website starts with some sample pages ready for you to fill out — usually Home, About, and Contact. Visitors reach these pages using your Navigation Menu, which typically appears at the top or side of your homepage . You add, delete, copy, and reorder pages by editing your navigation menu.
In Edit Mode, hover your cursor over your navigation menu. A blue box will appear that says Edit Navigation. Click here and a gray box will open listing all of your website’s pages. From here you can:
Start with a navigation menu that’s as simple as possible. This will make your site easier to build, and it will also provide a better experience for your visitors. You can always add more pages later on as your site evolves.
When you start to build a new webpage, you’ll be asked if you want to use a Suggested Layout. This is a great way to quickly build a page all at once, without having to place each individual element
Once you create your web pages and add some elements, it’s time to have some fun with the design of your site. Choosing fonts, colors, and other visual options all happens in your Style Editor. To get to the Style Editor, click on Style in your Site Admin on the right side. Now, you’re in Style Mode.
While in Style Mode, you will always see a bar across the top of your browser window. This is where the different options will appear. If you want to modify the content of your website, you will need to exit Style Mode by clicking the “X” in the upper right corner of the bar.
If you have a color scheme and font in mind, and you’d like to apply it to your entire website all at once, there’s a shortcut to do that.
In the Style Editor, find the Style by Element toggle switch in the upper left corner. Turn it to the “off” position. Now, you can choose a color scheme and font for your entire website, and it will cascade across all your elements.
Then, turn the Style by Element switch back to the “on” position. Now you can style individual elements and make adjustments if necessary.
Here, you’ll see your mouse cursor has changed to a little paint roller. Drag it over different parts of your web page and they will appear outlined in blue. This means they can be styled. Click where you’d like to begin, and a menu of style options will appear at the top of the page, showing you what you can change.
Once you make changes, a preview will appear below. Choose to Save changes, or click Undo.
Keep in mind that when you change the style of an element, it will apply to all elements of that type. In other words, if you make one Horizontal Line Element orange, all of your Horizontal Line Elements will be orange. If you choose the font “Montserrat” for your paragraph text, all of your Text Elements will use that font. This helps keep everything consistent.
To change, add, or move elements, return to Edit Mode by closing the Style Editor in the upper right corner.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to designing your website. There are over 600 fonts to choose from, millions of colors, and countless other customization options that you can explore. A good place to start is in the Design section of our Support Center, where we have a video on how to use the Jimdo Style Editor. After that, check out our blog for some posts on fonts, colors, and web design tips. For added inspiration, check out our Examples page to see what other Jimdo users are doing.
You’ve added content and customized your design. The next step is to connect your domain so you can start sharing your website with the world. JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness customers get a free domain included in their subscription. You might also have a domain you’ve already purchased that you’d like to use. Either way, you can get started with the following steps.
Note: If you are a JimdoFree customer, your site address will appear as yourwebsite.jimdo.com. You can connect a custom domain by upgrading to JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness.
When you choose a new domain for your website, you have to pick one that isn’t already taken. Double-check this with a free tool like Instant Domain Search. If the domain is available, you can add it to your Jimdo website.
Log in to your Jimdo website and go to Settings > Email and Domain Management > Domains. Type the domain you’d like to register in the box under “More domain options,” then click “add domain.” Be sure to check it carefully for typos!
You’ll then be directed to a Domain Registration Form. Follow the directions and submit the form. After a few minutes, you’ll receive an email from us at the email address you just entered.
Open the email, double-check your details and click the confirmation link to confirm the domain registration. Your domain be activated shortly after that.
If you’ve already purchased a domain through an external hosting service like GoDaddy, you can still use it with your Jimdo website.
You have two options here. You can keep your domain registered with the original hosting company and simply connect it to your Jimdo website. Or, you can transfer the entire domain to Jimdo and we’ll hold on to it for you. The pros and cons of each option are listed in our Support Center.
1. Keep your domain with your external registrar
First, add the domain to your Jimdo account. Log in to your website and go to. Settings > Email and Domain Management > Domains. Type the domain you’d like to register in the box under “More domain options,” then click “add domain.” Follow the steps and confirm that you are the domain owner.
Second, log in to your account on your domain registrar’s website. Open your domain settings. Here, we recommend connecting your domain to Jimdo via nameservers. That way you’ll also be able to use Jimdo webmail with your account. Follow the step-by-step directions provided by your registrar to change your domain’s existing nameservers to:
Remember that if you use this method, you will still need to keep your domain subscription current with your hosting company. It will not become part of your Jimdo package.
Note: If you’d prefer to keep your other domain services like email separate, connect your domain via A Record or CNAME entry. These options will be available in the domain settings of your hosting account. More information on these steps is in our Support Center.
2. Transfer your existing domain to Jimdo
If you transfer your domain to Jimdo, you won’t have to pay your domain renewal fee each year; it will just be included with your JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness subscription.
Make sure that your domain is eligible for transfer. It must be more than 60 days old (this is based on ICANN standards), and it must end in one of the following:
.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .eu, .de, .at, .be, .co.uk, .ch .fr, .nl, .com.mx, .es, .it, .pl, .com.br, .com.pl, .dk, .se, .fi, or .no.
If your domain meets these requirements, great! The steps below will walk you through the process for .com .net, .org, .biz, .info, .de, .eu, or .ch domains. If you have one of the other kinds listed above, please refer to the steps in our Support Center.
Once you complete these steps, your registrar will have 10 days to make the transfer, though typically it takes 1-3 business days. When the transfer is successful, we’ll send you an email letting you know.
This guide has walked through all of the basic steps to help you make your own website, but it has only scratched the surface of what you can do with Jimdo. There are many more options and directions where you can take your website depending on your online goals.
Jimdo makes it easy to design your website with our library of responsive templates and suggested layouts for specific pages, but you will still want to build out unique aspects of your website that will require you to make design decisions.
Explore how to get designer quality results with your website or get advice from one of our professional web designers. You can also find inspiration for your website and see what is possible to create on the Jimdo system by exploring the Jimdo Examples page.
You now have a website that anyone in the world can access, but you probably want to spend a bit more time to make your website easier for them to find. Jimdo has great tools for making it easier for your website to be found on Google and other search engines. The practice of improving where your site appears in search results is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
If you are an artisan or small business, a logical next step for your website may be to start a shop on your website. If that’s the case, you are in luck! Jimdo has powerful, yet easy, ecommerce tools that allow you to start an online store on your website in minutes, complete with a shopping cart and the ability to accept credit card payments.
Adding an online store to your Jimdo website uses the same concept as adding anything else to your website. Just pick where you would like to place a product on your site and add a Store Item Element to the page. Next enter a few store settings, and connect your Paypal or Stripe account to start accepting credit cards right away.
For best results, we recommend creating a new page for each product you sell and then creating category pages using tags and our handy Store Catalog Element.