Jimdo is a WYSIWYG
WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. The term is used in computing to describe a system in which content displayed onscreen during editing appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product...

 web hosting service. Jimdo offers JimdoFree, a free web hosting service, JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness, both premium services. Jimdo is operated by Jimdo GmbH, a Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

, Germany
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-based company. It competes with Weebly
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, Yola
Yola (webhost)
Yola is a website builder and website hosting company headquartered in San Francisco. People without programming skills and a limited knowledge of HTML and graphic design can make web sites using Yola. Its drag and drop system allows users to incorporate widgets without knowing HTML. Yola also...

 (formerly Synthasite), Webs, uCoz
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, Wix
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, Webnode
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 and other web hosting and creation sites.


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

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

In 2009, Jimdo attempted to lure users of Google
Google Inc. is an American multinational public corporation invested in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Google hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program...

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

In 2010, Jimdo added a "store" service that allows Jimdo website owners to conduct electronic commerce
Electronic commerce
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 services. Also in 2010, United Internet withdrew from the company's board.


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 euro
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s per month, and Jimdo Business costs 15 euro
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s per month.
As of 2011, the languages available on Jimdo are Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. The English-language service uses British English
British English
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Two months after the service launch in 2007, Rafe Needleman of CNet
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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."
More recently, VentureBeat
VentureBeat is a technology blog that focuses on innovative companies and the forward-thinking executives behind them.-History:The company was founded in 2006 by Matt Marshall. In 2008, the New York Times called VentureBeat one of the "top blogs"...

 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"..

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