Similar to our amazing outpouring of entries last year, the 2015 Reinvention Month was a huge success. We are so thankful for our active Jimdo community members and we loved seeing everyone's websites. I'm proud to announce this year's batch of winners and honorable mentions and hope this showcase of websites can be inspiring to everyone out there.
Grand Prize Winner (Apple Watch Sport): Pack 23, Burlington, CT
Analysis: Cub Scouts Pack 23 stood out from the crowd by demonstrating an amazing active website that uses just about every feature in Jimdo and more. They somehow found a way organize a ton of information, a blog, several forms, password-protected areas and third-party widgets like a Google Calendar into a clean and useful navigational structure. I think this is a great example of how to make a large website on Jimdo.
First Runner-Up (JimdoBusiness subscription): Turning Leaf Ecological Farm
Analysis: Turning Leaf is a great example of how to take a beautiful logo and extend the look throughout the entire website. I really like the way they handle the selling of their weekly vegetable boxes and lead their customers through the purchasing process. We also liked their About Us page that helps visitors get to know them and their values. I just wish we had an office in Ontario so we could subscribe!
Second Runner-Up (JimdoPro subscription): Trakimavicius
Template: Rio de Janeiro
Analysis: Professor Virgilijus "Virgis" Trakimavicius used the large hero-area in the Rio de Janeiro template to create an impressive portfolio website and showcase his amazing drawing and paper cutting artwork. The website shows off his extensive body of work, several news clippings from media around Europe, and also gives the media and potential clients and customers an easy way to contact him.
We couldn't leave out some of the other exceptional sites entered in our contest! From musicians to artists to online shops, we loved seeing how you are taking your Jimdo sites and making them truly unique.
LizzieLin Designs deserves a special mention for doing a great job upgrading her website from an old template to Prague, while Mommy Track Fitness is one of the more robust blogs that I've seen on Jimdo with her own system for promoting blog posts on her page. You can see some of the same tricks in our recent article about blog posts.
Rise of the Designers
This year differed from last year as we had a lot of submissions from professional designers. If time is an issue, a great way to reinvent your website is to reach out to some professionals.
The very extensive online wool marketplace Sweater Chalet was originally designed by one of our Jimdo Experts called Pops Digital.
Another change since last year is that Jimdo partnered with 99designs to offer new customers a professionally designed logo and website. If you are starting a new website, this is a great affordable option to get a new brand up-to-speed quickly. Another great option from this partnership is that you can contact the Jimdo-certified designers and hire them for 1-to-1 projects to work on your existing website.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
And a hearty and warm thank you to everyone who participated! Never forget that the web is a constantly-evolving medium. Not only is it important to regularly update the content on your website, but updating the look of your site can really give you a boost with your audience. Happy building!
Multi-talento at Jimdo
Brent Gummow has been building websites for small businesses, non-profits, artists, and educators for the past 17 years in both Ohio and California.
He currently serves as the Multi-talento in Jimdo's San Francisco office, solving problems, educating users, and helping to grow awareness about Jimdo, the easiest website builder on the web.