How does Jimdo compare to WordPress?

What is Jimdo?
Jimdo is an all-in-one bundled website solution. It includes an easy-to-use, robust website editing tool, hosting, a domain name registration, and an email account. Websites made on Jimdo only work on the Jimdo servers, and websites made elsewhere cannot be used on Jimdo. This is essentially how all DIY website builder systems work (such as Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix).

Strengths:

  • Fast and easy to build and update
  • Fast learning curve
  • Affordable, includes hosting, domain, and email address
  • Great solution for simple ecommerce needs (1-50 different store items)
  • Flexible, modern templates that each can be customized for nearly any kind of website 
  • Basic blogging
  • Capabilities can be expanded using third-party widgets (embeddable html)  www.jimdo.com/tools
  • Every website is instantly optimized for mobile
  • Free mobile app allows website to be updated from any iOS or Android device
  • Website software is always instantly updated to latest version. No need to run updates and much lower risk of being hacked or hit with a virus
  • Best tool for a “standard” website or simple store
  • SEO tools are built in to give you the opportunity to maximize your search engine results traffic
  • Native email and chat support in 9 different languages


Weaknesses:

  • Not great for larger stores (above 100 items)
  • No built-in digital goods in store (can’t sell mp3s, videos, ebooks without using a third-party widget)
  • Blogging can be frustrating for very high-volume publishers (no simple archiving/pagination/search).
  • No user accounts for visitors, although there are password-protected areas, just need to use a single shared password rather than individual login credentials.



What is Wordpress?
Wordpress is actually two separate things:

1. Wordpress.org is an open source blogging and content management system that you can download for free and install on any server running a mysql database and php. Most existing stand-alone web hosting companies make it easy to install wordpress on their hosting accounts for free.

2. Wordpress.com hosted version of the open source software allowing you to run either free or paid websites on their servers.

Strengths:

  • Best tool for high-powered blogging (magazines, publishers, etc)
  • Giant developer network and plugin catalog help you achieve just about any technical need
  • Flexible
  • Robust file management
  • User accounts and management


Weaknesses:

  • Relatively high learning curve
  • No dedicated support team for open source project
  • Can be expensive to build out with customization
  • Many bad developers and bad plugins out there
  • Requires custom-coding to reach full power
  • Much more difficult to update content as the place you enter the content does not look the same as where it appears. Often need to use custom code to get it looking right
  • Domain, hosting, email must all be purchased separately for varying costs
  • Constantly need to update the wordpress system software and every plugin by hand. Incompatibilities with new versions are common
  • Not updating can result in website being hacked or being compromised
  • Overkill for most simple websites



Jimdo vs Weebly vs Wix vs Squarespace
This is the DIY website building world in a nutshell. All essentially do the same thing with minor strengths/weaknesses... differences is taste more than anything else. Here's a feature breakdown as well.

Jimdo vs Custom-coded solution
Custom coded solutions are the ultimate in flexibility but are much more expensive and complicated. You will need to secure a separate hosting account, register your domain separately, and also pay for constant backend updates. Some solutions will allow you to update the website on your own, but none of these solutions will be as easy or as user friendly as those in the DIY category.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Jimdo or 99designs:
99designs Support team on the "Contact" menu option
Jimdo directly: 99designs@jimdo.com 

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