JimDo: not your father’s FrontPage

Straight from Germany comes JimDo, an online service that lets you create your own Website.

Matthias Henze, co-founder, just was here showing it to me. It’s a Web site builder. I was a bit incredulous with him. “Why do we need another Web tool?”

But he was persistent and nice, explained how they released in China today and are already seeing nutty uptake and how they are getting great reviews.

I still was skeptical until I saw the demo. Wow. It’s like a cross between Adobe’s Dreamweaver and a wiki tool. All online and free. They have a pro version with more features.

One major problem that I banged Matthias on is that it doesn’t yet build RSS feeds. He said that’s a major feature they will add soon.

But if you are looking to build an online Web site, you should check out JimDo. I’ll have my videos of JimDo up next week if you don’t want to try it out before getting a good demo.

We also had a nice chat about what’s happening in Europe (today was Matthias’ first day in Silicon Valley) and I’ll get that up too toward the end of next week.

If I worked at Adobe or Microsoft on the Dreamweaver or Expression teams (which is what they changed the name of FrontPage to) I’d be looking at what this service lets users do. For a small business this kind of tool is a LOT easier to use. Just click on whatever you want to change and up come a bunch of options.

This is a good hint of what an online Office suite should do and feel like, by the way.

Comments

  1. I thought Microsoft SharePoint Designer and Expressions were new products? Microsoft said just before the release of Office 2007 that the FrontPage brand was discontinued.

  2. I thought Microsoft SharePoint Designer and Expressions were new products? Microsoft said just before the release of Office 2007 that the FrontPage brand was discontinued.

  3. While I agree with you on the feeds in general, at the moment it is not a blogging tool, but for your own webpage – and which part of that acutally does belong into the feed?

    The newsletter feature is already good for the audience in mind, so if I would be a little company, rather than use google page creator or such, this might be a good idea.

    But I clearly see how this can be a good blogging tool as well. Interstingly I found on my quick check that the hardest part is to enter / manage pages. But perhaps I am just not made for this kind of tool ;)

    Oh and I hope you do send a trackback to Markus short information about Jimdo when you have the interview online! ;o))
    http://detech.blognation.com/2007/07/27/jimdo-launches-chinese-version/

  4. While I agree with you on the feeds in general, at the moment it is not a blogging tool, but for your own webpage – and which part of that acutally does belong into the feed?

    The newsletter feature is already good for the audience in mind, so if I would be a little company, rather than use google page creator or such, this might be a good idea.

    But I clearly see how this can be a good blogging tool as well. Interstingly I found on my quick check that the hardest part is to enter / manage pages. But perhaps I am just not made for this kind of tool ;)

    Oh and I hope you do send a trackback to Markus short information about Jimdo when you have the interview online! ;o))
    http://detech.blognation.com/2007/07/27/jimdo-launches-chinese-version/

  5. Scoble,

    > But if you are looking to build an online Web site

    What if I just want to build an offline website?

    (Sorry, that’s my smartass moment of the day!)

  6. Scoble,

    > But if you are looking to build an online Web site

    What if I just want to build an offline website?

    (Sorry, that’s my smartass moment of the day!)

  7. Auf English, bitte!

    This is definitely Big in Germany! The sample sites look good, but where is the magic? The fact that they support free websites off of only two ads?

    Thanks for the news. Keep up the good work!

  8. Auf English, bitte!

    This is definitely Big in Germany! The sample sites look good, but where is the magic? The fact that they support free websites off of only two ads?

    Thanks for the news. Keep up the good work!

  9. I just found JimDo frustrating. Sure, it looks nice, and it’s pretty neat that they can do all that in a browser, but the interface feels cramped for some reason, and I didn’t like how much effort making new pages took. And why must all new pages fit neatly into the site structure? It all felt somewhat clunky.

    I still prefer GooglePages and PBwiki. You want a new page? Just link to it and it’s there, blank and ready to be edited.

  10. I just found JimDo frustrating. Sure, it looks nice, and it’s pretty neat that they can do all that in a browser, but the interface feels cramped for some reason, and I didn’t like how much effort making new pages took. And why must all new pages fit neatly into the site structure? It all felt somewhat clunky.

    I still prefer GooglePages and PBwiki. You want a new page? Just link to it and it’s there, blank and ready to be edited.

  11. Hi,
    I think Edicy is defintely worth a look at too : http://www.edicy.com
    Simplest UX for anyone starting a businss to get their site up and running, good quality designs to choose from, multilanguage support…

  12. Hi,
    I think Edicy is defintely worth a look at too : http://www.edicy.com
    Simplest UX for anyone starting a businss to get their site up and running, good quality designs to choose from, multilanguage support…