There’s no doubt that Jimdo is one of the big players in the website building space.
I feel like the one thing that’s been holding them back is their design templates.
There’s a very limited choice and they look a little outdated.
But now we have Jimdo Dolphin and although it’s still in its early stages, it’s already a game changer. At least it is for me.
In this review, I’ll walk you through creating a brand new site with Jimdo Dophin step-by-step which will hopefully help you make your own mind up whether it’s the right way for you to build your own site.
Jimdo Dolphin vs Standard Editor
Jimdo is one of only a few website builders to offer this way of creating a website (Wix is another).
The standard way of creating your site involves choosing a template (or start with a blank canvas) and then adding/editing text, images, and changing site colors.
All of the time what you see on the screen in front of you is exactly what you get once your site goes live (wysiwyg).
This artificial intelligence changes things, now, you can create your site by answering a series of simple questions about your business (or website topic).
Jimdo will then go to work creating a personalized website for you based on the answers to your questions and also any additional information that can be found online such as your social media or Google business listings.
Now we know what it is, let’s go create a site, shall we?
Step 1. Getting Started
The first thing we need to do is to head over to Jimdo and click on the “Dolphin” option at the top left-hand side of the screen.
This will bring you the screen you see below, simply hit the “Get Started” button.
Step 2. Choose The Type of Site You Wish To Create
Here you’ll meet Flora, your “smart assistant”. At least that’s who guided me through the process and I assume it’ll be the same for everyone.
All you need to do here is to decide whether you want to create a business or personal website. I chose business, if you choose personal then the following steps may differ a little.
Step 3. Decide On a Name For Your Website
If you’re creating a site for business, then that’s a good place to start. You don’t have to name your website at this point if you’re not ready, you can simply choose the “not sure” option and enter a name later.
For my test site, I chose “Lee’s Cleaning Business”.
Step 4. Look For Any Existing Information
In this step, Jimdo scours the internet for any existing information about your business already out there on the old web.
You’ll be asked to quickly look through the results which are made up of Google business listings and Facebook Pages and select your business if it’s there.
The business I’m creating a test site around is fictional and so there obviously wasn’t any existing information to be found. I was just presented with similar businesses.
This may be the same for you if you’re just starting out in which case, click “skip this step”.
Step 5. Choose Your Industry
Next, you’ll be presented with a list of industries which include, art & design, health & wellness, music, restaurant, and Portfolio.
If your industry doesn’t appear (like mine), simply click on “View all” and you’ll be presented with more options. I chose “Professional services”.
Step 6. Are You On Instagram?
If you have an Instagram account, you can select pictures to use on your website to help customize it.
Again, my business is fictional so I skipped this step.
Step 7. Choose a Style
Now we need to choose a style and you can pick from modern, playful, elegant, minimal, or fancy.
Your decision will alter the look and feel of your website and you can just pick any of them for now and if you don’t like it, you can have a play around with some of the others later and see which one you like best.
As my website is based on cleaning services, I wanted a clean, fresh look so I went with “Minimal”.
Step 8. Grab Your Own Domain Name
At this point, you can reserve your own website address (domain name) and Jimdo will give it for free for the first year if you decide to upgrade to a premium plan which cost either $7.50 or $20/month (on a one year plan, billed upfront).
If you don’t wish to upgrade, that’s perfectly okay and you can continue using your website with a free web address that includes the Jimdo branding.
That’s the option I chose. Besides, you can always upgrade down the road if you want to.
Step 9. Jimdo Gets To Work
Now all you have to do is sit back while Jimdo Dolphin does its thing and creates your customized website behind the scenes.
The End Result!
I have to say, I was very impressed with the finished product.
To me, the professional, modern look of the website is light years ahead of Jimdo’s regular templates that you have to choose from when you use the standard editor.
See for yourself below;
I should point out that while my test site came pre-loaded with text and images, it was very generic. Having said that, it’s because there isn’t any existing information or images on the internet as the business is fictional.
If you have an established business with an online presence, I imagine it would be a different story and you’ll end up with a much more tailored website.
For anyone that’s creating a site for a startup, you may very well end up in the same situation as I did.
What’s Left To Do?
Regardless of which camp you fall into, once you’re site is complete, you’ll more than likely still have to roll up your sleeves and make at least a few changes as Flora explains in the image below;
Final Thoughts – Is Dolphin Right For You?
As I said at the beginning, I think Dolphin’s a game changer for Jimdo as it gives you a much more modern looking website.
It’s definitely a novel approach to website creation but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s completely “hands-off” as you’re still going to have to get your hands dirty and make some changes the in the more conventional way.