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Jimdo GmbH
Type Private
Founded Germany Hamburg, Germany (2007 (2007))
Headquarters Germany Hamburg, Germany
Founder(s) Matthias Henze
Christian Springub
Fridtjof Detzner
Employees 160 (2013)[1]
Slogan(s) Pages to the People
Website Jimdo
Registration Required
Available in German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese
Launched February 19, 2007[2]

Jimdo is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web hosting service.[3] Jimdo offers JimdoFree, a free web hosting service, JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness, both premium services. Jimdo is operated by Jimdo GmbH, a Hamburg, Germany-based company.[4] It competes with Wix, Weebly, Yola (formerly Synthasite), Webs, uCoz, Webnode and other web hosting and creation sites.[5]


Jimdo was founded in February 2007 by Marcel Engelmann.[6]

In July 2008, United Internet AG purchased a 30 percent stake in Jimdo GmbH.[4]

Jimdo attempted to lure users of Google and Yahoo! In April 2009, after Yahoo! announced that GeoCities was closing, Jimdo announced that former GeoCities users were welcome on Jimdo.[7] Jimdo started the "Lifeboat for GeoCities" promotion to help users transition to Jimdo.[8] Jimdo offered 10 percent discounts to users who moved from GeoCities and Google Page Creator to the JimdoPro service.[9]

In 2010, Jimdo added a "store" service that allows Jimdo website owners to conduct electronic commerce services.[10] Also in 2010, United Internet withdrew from the company's board.[11] In February 2012, the 5,000,000th Jimdo site went online [12] and in November 2013, the 10,000,000th.[13]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The Jimdo head office is in Hamburg. The United States offices are in the Flatiron Building in the Financial District of San Francisco.[14] It also has 2 Asian offices located in Shanghai and Tokyo.[15] As of 2014, Jimdo's team consists of 170 people from 15 different countries.[16]


The basic Jimdo service is free; users of the basic service have their website names as the site name and .jimdo.com. The two premium services, Jimdo Pro and Jimdo Business, allow users to have their own domain names. They also receive additional storage space and no advertisements. Jimdo Pro costs 5 euros per month, and Jimdo Business costs 15 euros per month.[17] As of 2014, the languages available on Jimdo are Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.[18] The English-language service uses British English.[17] To increase speed performance for their worldwide user base, Jimdo maintains data centers in the US, Germany and Japan.[19]

Mobile Applications[edit]

Jimdo offers a native site building application for iOS.


Two months after the service launch in 2007, Rafe Needleman of CNet gave a positive review to Jimdo. Needleman described Jimdo as a "good service for creating a quick site to document a trip or other event, or to prototype a simple personal or business site." He also said that Jimdo was not "mature enough yet" for use by a United States-based small business, "but it's worth keeping track of."[17] More recently, VentureBeat reported on the opening of the US office in San Francisco and the launch of an online store feature, concluding "US readers will probably hear more about the company in the coming months".[20]


On June 19, 2012, Jimdo launched JimdoTV U.S./United Kingdom, an internet television series where Jimdo staff interview Jimdo users. On launch day, Jimdo released a trailer video and the first episode, titled "Drawing with Yuki".

Episode # Tite Air Date
Sp "Christmas Special" (First Episode of JimdoTV Germany, English CC) December 21, 2011
1 "Drawing with Yuki" June 19, 2012
2 "Fit for Summer!" August 22, 2012
3 "A Cup of Quijote Coffee" October 23, 2012
4 "Bobsmade" February 8, 2013


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jimdo Company Profile". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ "Pages to the People. Offical [sic] Jimdo-launch in Germany". 
  3. ^ Kincaid, Jason (June 10, 2008). "Weebly Adds AdSense Support For Drag And Drop Cash". TechCrunch.com at The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b "United Internet AG acquires a minority stake in Jimdo GmbH." Thomson Reuters. July 8, 2008. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Kincaid, Jason. (June 10, 2008). "Weebly Adds AdSense Support For Drag And Drop Cash." TechCrunch. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "JimdoPro Launches ‘Professional Websites Made Easy’." MyHostNews. July 8, 2009. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Marshall, Rosalie. "Yahoo closing Geocities web hosting service." vnunet. April 24, 2009. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
  8. ^ "Jimdo's Lifeboat for GeoCities." Jimdo. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Geocities." Jimdo. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
  10. ^ Wauters, Robin. "Jimdo Makes Running Your Own Online Store A Breeze, Loses Investor." TechCrunch.com at The Washington Post. Sunday February 28, 2010. Retrieved on April 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "Jimdo Makes Running Your Own Online Store A Breeze, Loses Investor". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jimdo celebrates himself and his kit - 5 million sites in 5 years" (in German). Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Short News: Jimdo is one of 10 million websites". apfellike.com (in German). APPLE LIKE. November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Contact." Jimdo. Retrieved on 29 February 2012. "Jimdo GmbH Stresemannstr. 375 22761 Hamburg Germany" and "Jimdo US Office 548 Market St #56907 San Francisco, CA 94104 USA"
  15. ^ "Jimdo Worldwide Offices". Jimdo.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jimdo Employees". Jimdo.com. Jimdo. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Needleman, Rafe. "Jimdo: Another super-simple site builder." CNet. April 3, 2007. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
  18. ^ "Create a Free Website." (Go to the upper right hand corner and select "English" - other languages are visible from here) Jimdo. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  19. ^ "Server availability of five major website builders". Websitetooltester. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Ha, Anthony (September 22, 2010). "Jimdo upgrades its tools for online shopkeepers". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 

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