Jimdo

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Jimdo GmbH
Jimdo logo.png
Type of businessPrivate
Available inGerman, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Dutch
Founded2007 (2007)
Headquarters,
Founder(s)Matthias Henze
Christian Springub
Fridtjof Detzner
Employees200 (2015)[1]
WebsiteJimdo
Alexa rankPositive decrease 829 (January 2018)[2]
RegistrationRequired
Launched19 February 2007[3]

Jimdo (/ˈɪnd/) is a web hosting service.[4] Jimdo offers JimdoFree, a free web hosting service, JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness, both premium services. Jimdo is operated by Jimdo GmbH, a company based in Hamburg, Germany.[5]

History[edit]

Jimdo was founded in February 2007 by Matthias Henze, Christian Springub, and Fridtjof Detzner.[6]

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 a 10 percent discount 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 millionth Jimdo site went online [12] and in November 2013, the 10 millionth.[13] As of March 2017, over 20 million websites have been created with Jimdo.[14]

It was announced on 8 June 2015 that the American company Spectrum Equity had invested 25 million euros in Jimdo. With this investment Spectrum Equity now holds a share of 26.7 percent of Jimdo GmbH.[15] In October 2016 Jimdo dismissed a quarter of their staff for economic reasons.[16]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The Jimdo head office is in Hamburg, Germany. It also has offices in Tokyo.[1] As of 2015, Jimdo's team consists of 200 people from 15 different countries.[1]

Service[edit]

The basic Jimdo service is free; users of the basic service have their website available under a subdomain (for example 'www.yourwebsitename.jimdo.com'). The free service from Jimdo allows the user to build a free basic online store with a maximum of 5 items listed. The two premium services, Jimdo Pro and Jimdo Business, allow users to have their own domain name(s). 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, there are 8 languages available: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch and Spanish.[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]

The Jimdo-Websitebuilder for Android and iOS was made available at the beginning of February 2014. This mobile application provides the following functions:

  • create Jimdo websites mobile
  • edit existing Jimdo websites
  • see statistics regarding an existing Jimdo page
  • publish and see blog articles
  • upload pictures

In English-speaking countries the app is marketed under "Jimdo – Website Builder".[20]

Reception[edit]

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] In 2010, 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".[21]

JimdoTV[edit]

U.S./U.K.[edit]

On 19 June 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) 21 December 2011
1 "Drawing with Yuki" 19 June 2012
2 "Fit for Summer!" 22 August 2012
3 "A Cup of Quijote Coffee" 23 October 2012
4 "Bobsmade" 8 February 2013

Germany[edit]

JimdoTV also launched in Germany. The first episode was released in November 2011 and the latest episode was released in October 2014.

"Drawing with Yuki" was also an episode of JimdoTV Germany. At this was Yuki translated to German during she speaks. All German episodes are available on the Jimdo blog.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butcher, Mike (8 June 2015). "Long-time Site Builder Jimdo Raises €25M From Spectrum Equity To Scale Up". TechCrunch.
  2. ^ "Jimdo.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Pages to the People. Offical [sic] Jimdo-launch in Germany".
  4. ^ Kincaid, Jason (10 June 2008). "Weebly Adds AdSense Support For Drag And Drop Cash". TechCrunch.com at The Washington Post. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  5. ^ "United Internet AG acquires a minority stake in Jimdo GmbH." Thomson Reuters. 8 July 2008. Retrieved on 1 May 2009.
  6. ^ "How Jimdo built a profitable business on the cheap, and enabled the creation of 12 million+ websites". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ Marshall, Rosalie. "Yahoo closing Geocities web hosting service Archived 26 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.." vnunet. 24 April 2009. Retrieved on 30 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Jimdo's Lifeboat for GeoCities Archived 3 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.." Jimdo. Retrieved on 30 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Geocities." Jimdo. Retrieved on 1 May 2009.
  10. ^ Wauters, Robin. "Jimdo Makes Running Your Own Online Store A Breeze, Loses Investor." TechCrunch.com at The Washington Post. Sunday 28 February 2010. Retrieved on 2 April 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. ^ "Today in Germany: Jimdo, Delivery Hero, Speexx, Dalia Research". 8 June 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Homepage-Baukasten Jimdo will an die Spitze". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Jimdo entlässt ein Viertel der Mitarbeiter". Gruenderszene.de. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  17. ^ a b c Needleman, Rafe. "Jimdo: Another super-simple site builder." CNet. 3 April 2007. Retrieved on 30 April 2009.
  18. ^ "DIY website builder Jimdo raises €25m from Spectrum Equity (Go to the upper right hand corner and select "English" – other languages are visible from here)". Tech.eu. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Server availability of five major website builders". Websitetooltester. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  20. ^ "Jimdo Webbaukasten im PlayStore" (in German). Google Play. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  21. ^ Ha, Anthony (22 September 2010). "Jimdo upgrades its tools for online shopkeepers". Retrieved 12 May 2011.

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