Jimdo creates your own beautiful Web site - your JimdoFree-Page.
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"Professional looking websites without angst"
Version: Jimdo 1
Professional results with no HTML, CSS or PHP knowledge required. User interface is simple, though you have to dig in to the help screens to figure out all the features. Picture displays are beautiful. Great value for $60 a year!
You're locked in to the pre-selected templates, heading, spacing and font choices, though there ARE choices. There could be more flexibility in grahic/photo placement. File downloads could be prettier (could do without all the ACROBAT/WORD logos).
For $60 a year, Jimdo.com has got to be the greatest all-in-one solution for thousands of people who want professional looking websites. For that price you get a domain name (or you can use your current one), hosting of your site with almost infinite storage, one email address associated with your domain, no advertising and all the Jimdo web-based design templates and tools. Without knowing HTML, CSS, PhP, databases and the rest, you can create a professional looking website in a day or less. Because it is template based, you are constrained by Jimdo's decisions on basic designs and things like font types and sizes, spacings within display areas and placement of photos and graphics. In all of these areas you have choices, but they are limited. On the other hand, this does help streamline your creative process-- if you don't have TOO many choices, there's less to obsess about. I was skeptical about this. But after using the free version of Jimdo (assigned domain name, advertising, much less storage), I found the supplied templates (a couple dozen of them) were all I needed. They are very customizable with colors, photos, graphics, your text and headings. The user interface requires a little patience and a few trips to the HELP screens to learn all the features. But I accomplished this quickly because it's all written clearly and concisely. You may instantly view your work as it will actually appear on the web and since it's totally web-based, you can change, edit or update your site from any computer. Jimdo is a German based company so, from time to time, a little German sneaks through on the Jimdo website, but not in the actual product. While it's designed for web design amateurs, having a little experience with HTML won't hurt you since it allows you to drop in HTML, DHTML or Java scripts. I added one that gives the date and it was no problem. You can also add other "widgets", many of which are suggested on the Jimdo site.
I couldn't be happier with Jimdo.com and the website it created for my non-profit organization. If you have doubts, you can play with the free version of Jimdo and see all the functionality. And even if you spring for the PRO version and are ultimately disappointed, how much disappointment does $60 really buy?
"fun to use, created sites look great, free"
Version: Jimdo 1