Wed, 27 Feb 2013 Jimdo Pro review
Practical website design package that offers all the basics
- Manufacturer: Jimdo
- Pros: Add upto 3,000 pages; No bandwidth limit; Modern, minimalist, design templates
- Cons: E-commerce support is limited
- Price: £60 per year
- Star rating:
You don’t need to pay anything to have your website hosted, provided you’re happy for it to carry ads. Jimdo has a free version, but we’re looking at the Pro product, which has extras such as a proper domain name, email address, newsletter and site statistics.
Jimdo was keen for us to mention that 1&1 uses an outdated version of its software, and that Jimdo Pro is better-looking and slicker in its approach than MyWebsite. It offers fewer pre-designed templates, but they’re good-looking and minimalist in appearance. These give sites a modern feel.
As with 1&1 MyWebsite, you click on any object on a page to edit its contents. The text editor offers basic formatting and photos are automatically optimised for resolution.
As well as text, graphics and dividing lines, you can choose to add a range of other objects through a pop-up selector. These include tables, photo galleries and forms. Social-media connections are made with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ feeds, but there’s also Google Maps and video, with which you can specify a link, rather than being tied to YouTube.
E-commerce is supported, but for up to 15 items only. The Business package is designed for more serious traders, and places no limit on the number of items. PayPal is the only electronic payment method, although Jimdo can also handle cheques and invoice payments.
You can add up to 3,000 pages to a Jimdo Pro site, subject to a storage limit of 5GB, and there’s no bandwidth limit, so you can attract as much traffic as you want.