PROS / You can create a shopping cart for 15 products.
CONS / You're restricted to using only Jimdo's hosting.
VERDICT / With a simple interface and eCommerce tools, Jimdo is worth looking into, especially if you don't mind using its hosting service.
Jimdo's ease of use and analytical tools put this application among the top website design software. While it lacks many of the advanced features that higher-ranked services in our lineup offer, it's very easy to create a simple website and shopping cart with this application.
You can customize any of Jimdo's 40 responsive templates to create a look that expresses your business or website theme. The templates automatically adjust to the screen size they are being viewed from.
The website creator's drag-and-drop capability makes it easy to fill your webpages with relevant content that is also eye-catching. It's easy to resize and design photos and videos, and you can add audio tracks as well. One nice feature of Jimdo is the ability to change themes without losing all your work. However, if you move your site to a different host, you cannot take your website with you, meaning you will lose all your work.
Jimdo's Pro package includes first-party shopping cart, a rarity for a plan of this size. The cart includes PayPal payments and holds up to 15 products, making it suitable for the hobbyist or very small business. The company offers higher-priced plans that allow an unlimited number of products if you have more than 15 products or plan to expand your business.
Jimdo does not offer advertising credits to help promote your site, but it does have SEO tools to increase your ability to be noticed by search engines. It also tracks numerous statistics about your site so you can evaluate how well your site is performing. Using Google Analytics and its own stats, Jimdo informs you about the number of visitors, page views, search terms, top pages, referring sites and more.
The website builder's support plans are based on the package you buy. For the best service, you may want to purchase the Business plan. However, we found the support for the Pro plan sufficient for most needs. The email response time was only a few hours, for example, and you also have access to tutorials.
What Jimdo lacks in features, it makes up for in usability, so it's easy for even the greenest of website designers to create a website that looks customized, attractive and professional. The web design software's ability to change themes without losing content is a plus, as is the small but simple-to-design shopping cart.