Though Jimdo started with a pair of teens working in an old farmhouse in northern Germany, the company now produces a slick, modern website builder and boasts more than 200 employees. Jimdo is also notable for launching the first iPad app for web-based site building. More recently, the company launched Dolphin, an automatic site builder that can do most of the work for you, a feature that supplements Jimdo's customizable responsive designs. Jimdo is worth checking out on the strength of Dolphin alone, but our Editors' Choices, Duda and Wix (which also has an automatic site builder), offer far more in terms of templates, third-party widget galleries, and photo storage management capabilities.
Pricing, Getting Started
You can begin designing a jimdo pricing website before even signing up for an account. Jimdo's free account is generous by industry standards. You're only limited by the amount of storage your site consumes, which is capped at 500MB, and the bandwidth at 2GB. Jimdo lets you have more than one free site, as Duda, Wix$4.08 at Wix, and Weebly do.
The Pro ($7.50 per month, billed annually) and Business ($20) tiers remove Jimdo branding from your site, include custom domains, increase commerce limits, add site stats, and increase your storage cap to 5GB and unlimited, respectively. The Business plan also includes online store functionality and premium support. Site builders typically charge about $25 or more per month for business-level features, which adds up to $300 per year, compared with Jimdo's $240. That's a good deal.
Dolphin then shows you possible businesses it found online content about, and you can click on the one that is actually yours, or skip the step if you don't see it. Next, Jimdo asks about the purpose of your site, whether it's promoting a business, event, or portfolio, or selling good or services online. Then you choose from a more specific list with choices like Bakery and Fast Food. You can then connect your Instagram account for images. That's helpful, but I'd like to see Flickr and Facebook here, as well here. Choose a style—Modern, Elegant, Playful, and so on. After this, Jimdo gives you the option to register a domain or you can transfer one you own. You can get one from namecheap.com starting at 66 cents, if you don't already have one. If you pass on that, Jimdo assigns you an address on the jimdosite.com domain.
The result? In my testing, the site that Jimdo produced after a bit of churning was remarkably on point. It even pulled in photos of the local bagel shop I used as a test. The copy was appropriate, too (if a little exaggerative of Dave's Bagels charms and quality) and things like menu items contained boilerplate copy that needed editing. Note, also, that the site uses responsive design and even presents a GDPR-compliant cookie notice.