If you're already using Jimdo, we hope you're starting to feel like a pro. You're choosing fonts, adding columns, and maybe even using some third-party widgets to make your website even snazzier. But there might be some features that even you, Jimdo master, have overlooked so far.
1. Copy a blog post
If you’re like most bloggers, you want your posts to have a consistent look and feel. But rather than rebuilding each post from scratch, you can copy a previous post. This is a great way to essentially create your own blog post template, which will save you a bunch of time.
To copy a blog post, open up your blog settings in your Site Admin, and then click the “copy” option next to the post you want to duplicate. You can either duplicate a previous post and replace the text and photos, or create an empty “template” post and then copy that when you’re ready to draft something new.
Pro Tip: Create an unpublished blog post called “Template” and fill it with all the elements you'll want on every post (maybe your headings, share buttons, author block, and links to related posts). Each time you're ready to draft something new, copy the Template post and simply put your new content in it. Repeat for each post after that, and you'll have a consistent look for all your posts.
2. Set a color scheme for your entire template all at once
With Jimdo, you can style individual elements to change their color, font, etc. But if you’re looking to make more global changes to your entire website, there’s a quick and easy way to do that.
To start, open the Style Editor from your Site Admin. You’ll see a toggle switch in the top left corner called “Style by Element.” If this is in the “on” position, you’ll style your elements individually as you usually do. But try switching it to the “off” position, and you’ll see that you can set a color scheme for multiple parts of your website at once...and fonts, too!
This feature is really useful if you already have some brand colors that you’d like to use consistently throughout your site. You can do the same with your favorite font.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the same website with two different Color Schemes applied to it. With the option to style by template, you can change the color of the top menu bar, headings, horizontal lines, and links all at once.
Pro Tip: Different Jimdo templates have different Color Scheme options, so you can play around with them and see which one works best for you. It's best to style by template
first, and then turn the switch to "on" to adjust specific elements. Read more about these features in our
3. Use the Clipboard to drag elements between pages
If you have a Photo Gallery, Text Element, or anything else that you want to move from one page of your site to another, you don’t have to recreate the entire element from scratch. Use the Clipboard instead to make moving a snap.
First, select the element you want to move. You can either make a copy of it and move the copy, or move the original. Grab the element by the crosshairs on its right side.
Then, drag the element to the top of the screen. You’ll see a dark grey bar show up; that’s your clipboard. Drop your element here, and the clipboard will hold on to your element until you’re ready to use it again. You can drop as many elements onto the clipboard as you like.
Navigate to the page where you want to put the element, then drag the element out of the clipboard and drop it where you want it on the new page.
Pro Tip: You can also use the Clipboard to store elements you're not using at the moment, but that you don't want to delete. Think of it like your website's attic or storage pod...
4. Make parts of your website more transparent or opaque
You’ve mastered setting the colors on your website, but did you know you can adjust the opacity (or the transparency) of different parts too?
It’s a subtle trick that can make more of your background image show through, or that can make your text more readable against different kinds of backgrounds.
For example, see how the Studio23 website made their navigation menu bar slightly transparent so that a hint of their background image would show through. It's a nice touch that can add a little bit of softness and style to a website.
To find the opacity adjustment, open up the Style Editor and click on the part of the website you'd like to style. Then click on the color settings. These probably look familiar to you, but did you notice the little slider? You can change this to adjust how see-through something is.
Slide it all the way to the left to make something entirely transparent. Slide it all the way to the right to make it opaque (non-transparent) again. You can set the precise amount of transparency by adjusting the number below (in this example it's set to .66, but you could change that manually to any number between 0 and 1.)
Pro Tip: Experiment with adjusting the opacity of your content area, navigation menu, or sidebar. Just remember that your text should always stay legible on top of a more transparent background—you may need to change your font color or adjust the slider a bit to find the right combination.
5. Set up URL redirects
If you're a JimdoBusiness customer, did you know that you have the option to set URL redirects throughout your website?
A URL is a web address to a specific page of your website. If you move pages around on your site, delete pages, or change page names, it's possible that you'll change some of your URLs. This means visitors and search engines going to the old link will hit a dead end or a very sad error message.
To avoid this, you can set up a redirect—in effect sending people who enter the old URL address straight to the new URL address. No broken links. It's sort of like telling the post office when you've moved. They'll forward any mail to the new address.
To start setting up a URL redirect, go to Settings > SEO < URL Redirects. More on how to use this feature is in our Support Center.
Pro Tip: Use the redirect feature to set up "vanity URLs." These are custom promotional URLs that you might use on print materials or in social media when you don't want to have to share a whole long link. For example you could make up a short link like www.mypetrescue.com/adopt and redirect it to the actual URL www.mypetrescue.com/adoptions/available-pets/dogs, which would be kind of a mouthful to share on its own.
Ready to try out some of these features and shortcuts? Or do you have any of your own shortcuts you'd like to share with other Jimdo users? Let us know in the comments.