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Choose the Best Background for Your Website

Choose the best background for your website

 

A background image is the first impression a visitor has of your website and could be what keeps them browsing, or closing that window. The right image should grab your audience’s attention and keep them intrigued to find out more about your business or blog.

 

You might be wondering, how much is there really to it? So we challenge you to go through this list of possibilities for your background image and see what you can tick off.

 

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Check Out These Inspiring Examples of Photography Websites

Jimdo Photography Websites Examples

If you’re a photographer, you need a very different website from an online store owner, or a dentist, or a restaurant...you need one that puts your photographs front-and-center, without any distractions. A website with a "wow" effect. 

 

There are lots of ways to create your own photography site—one that's as distinctive as your own style. Take a look and see how these photographers did it.

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Common Website Buzzwords, Explained

Website Buzzwords You Should Know

If you’re new to the world of websites, you’ll find it inhabited by a vibrant group of coders, design enthusiasts, marketers, and DIYers all using some of the same buzzwords (or jargon, depending on your point of view) to communicate. If you want to walk the walk and talk the talk, we’re here to help you build your site with confidence.

 

Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the most common website vocabulary you’re likely to encounter when you start your site.

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2016

Jimdo's Best Blog Posts of 2016

We love the end of the year—not just because of the baked goods and long weekends, but because of all the montages, highlights, and best-of lists posted around the web. In that spirit, here's our own list of the 10 most popular posts of the year. Website hacks, design tips, and new features—these are the pieces that caught your eye in 2016. Any topics you'd like to see more of in 2017? Let us know in the comments. 

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Stay Secure with HTTPS on Your Website

Jimdo websites now have HTTPS protection

Jimdo now has an extra layer of security! In the upcoming weeks, we will enable free HTTPS encryption for your entire website. This technology makes sure the connection between your browser and website is secure, and protects your visitors’ information when they use your site.

 

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Best Online Stores for Christmas Shopping

Best Online Stores for Christmas Gifts

The smell of mulled of wine is in the air; children are singing carols and Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus is on TV. It can only mean one thing—holidays are coming!

 

There are some amazing Jimdo shops that are hitting it out of the park this holiday season. So we took a closer look at how they built their successful online stores, and they generously shared their expert tips. And who knows, you may just find the perfect gift for someone on your list, too! 

 

Psst, as an added bonus we are offering the chance to win some prizes and get some great tips from users and experts on our Jimdo Facebook page.

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Explore Shipping Costs for Your Online Shop

Shipping for your e-commerce website

As a shop owner you already know that online customers are quite savvy—especially when it involves looking for gifts during the pre-holiday season. They hunt for the best deals, and you look to provide the best service while still staying profitable.

 

One key to mastering this balance is understanding your shipping cost options. Shipping costs can be a make-or-break factor for customers when purchasing online. So we have put together some tips to finding the right shipping options for you.

 

It’s worth it, especially before the holidays!

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How to Add a Donate Button to Your Website

A Simple Guide to Picking Fonts for your website

'Tis the season for giving, and if you’re running a nonprofit organization or fundraiser this may be your busiest time of year for donations. Fortunately it’s never been easier to add a donate button and accept donations directly through your website, and there are lots of different ways to do it.

 

Whether you want to keep transaction costs low or you’re looking for some bells and whistles, here are our suggestions for ways to take donations on your Jimdo website:

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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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Get Your Online Shop Ready for the Holidays

Get Your Online Shop Ready for the Holidays

If you have an online store, you know it’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season. Well, maybe March would be too early... But with Christmas shoppers starting earlier every year, and Christmas decorations appearing next to Halloween candy in many stores, now is actually the perfect time to get your store in the Christmas spirit.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned salesperson or this is the first Christmas in your online shop, we’ve got the tips you need to get everything spruced up for the holidays.

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5 Tricks to Turn Your Website Fears into Success

Remember when your parents first took the stabilizers off your bike and let go? The moment of fear, then the exhilaration when you could ride on your own. Creating your website can feel like you are preparing for a fall when you put yourself out there on the internet. However, there are some tricks you can use to conquer those inner doubts and drive yourself forward.

 

Rather than ignoring your concerns, make sure you acknowledge them and question the underlying assumption behind the fear. Maybe your inner voice is telling you that “building a website is too hard”, even though this doesn’t have to be the case. We have some tricks to help you out and get you on track!

 

I spoke to some of the experts in our team to gather the techniques that work for us here at Jimdo.

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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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Looking to Start Your Business? Get Tips From One of the Sharks

“I’m out”—at least that was Frank Thelen’s response to his previous website provider. Thelen is one of the investors from the German version of the TV show that you may know as “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”, depending on what side of the globe you live on. He is also one of our Jimdo users!

 

Many of you are entrepreneurs or have played around with the idea of starting your own business. You believe in your idea, and are deeply involved in the development of your product. You want it to be successful and fun! Maybe you have already considered the idea of bringing venture capital into the fold, to give your project a real boost. But have you ever wondered how an investor assesses a product idea and what is the decisive factor in making someone invest?

 

We have the answers straight from the shark's mouth—Frank Thelen.

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