Jimdo’s new templates are made to take full advantage of striking, full-width images and videos in your background. Here are 6 tips for creating an incredible site using our new custom background feature.

1. Start with a great image

Beautiful forest and mountains

You’ll want a high-resolution image for your background. Make sure that it’s visually interesting, but not so busy that it will distract the viewer from your content. You can either take the photo yourself or try using stock images from professional photographers.

 

2. Keep your text visible

Text that is hard to read

The text in the middle of this website example is very hard to read.

Text that is easy to read

The text in this website example is much EASIER to read.

 

Use contrasting colors to keep your text visible above your beautiful background image. Try white text on a transparent black background for a great visual effect.

 

3. Check the alignment

Jimdo alignment settings

Depending on the image you’re using, you may want to align your content on the left or right side. With the right balance, you’ll attract people to your page with a captivating image and keep them there with interesting content.

 

4. Go full screen

A phenomenal full screen image is a great foundation for a beautiful website. Make sure that once you’ve got your high-resolution image that you set it full screen—tiled images usually end up looking tacky or causing headaches.

Do you honestly think this tiled image looks good?

Do you honestly think this tiled image looks good?

 

5. Don’t lose your head, but do lose your header

Avoid clashing images by using a transparent header image. Keep it simple and only put a title in your header—text on top of a background image stands out really well.

 

6. Lights, camera, website

We think that our new video backgrounds feature is absolutely incredible, and the right video background can make your site stand out. Simple videos without too much movement work great and set the mood for the website without distracting your visitors.

Now go forth and create a beautiful website. Looking for more inspiration? See our post on Choosing the Best Background for Your Website.