Let Us Help You: Our New Blog

We know your time is precious. You all have goals, projects, and dreams that you are working towards. You are running small businesses, organizing teams and clubs, selling amazing handmade goods, sharing music and artwork, and helping to educate the world about your favorite pastimes. You know you need a website but aren’t always sure how it can help you. How can you dedicate the time and energy to get the most out of your site? Who do you look to for advice? Who do you trust?

What do you want to do?

The internet is filled with posts, articles, and stories to give you advice. As a reader, how do you keep up? How can you choose who are the right people to follow to help you with your goals? This is all part of the struggle for your attention, the battle for your precious time. But this doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you have a direct line to people who are willing and able to help. This is where we would like to step in with our new blog.

Jimdo has a long history of doing things our own way and we’re approaching our new blog with the same unique spin. Every member of our team is going to contribute his or her knowledge and experience to provide a variety of helpful articles, images, and videos. Our team is filled with web designers, coders, marketers, photographers, promoters, writers, editors, small business consultants, and even a CEO dedicated to sharing business insights.

We’re refocusing our blog on the areas of web design, promotion, ecommerce, small business, and productivity. These are topics where we feel we can share our experiences and expertise to make a difference. We’re willing to honestly answer your questions, make suggestions, and guide you along your way.

This commitment to open communication goes all the way to the top. Our three founders have made it a point to share their thoughts, struggles, and triumphs on their own blog to both help their customers and other entrepreneurs understand how and why they make the decisions they do.

I’ve personally made a career out of solving problems and helping small businesses, artists, non-profit organizations, and educators communicate through websites, videos, installations, and exhibits. I’ve worked with dozens of organizations that range in size from one-person companies to large museums and universities. These are people and groups experiencing the same challenges that you are and I’m hoping that the best practices and solutions that I’ve come up with together over the years can also help you.

We want to help you succeed in sharing your passions—whether that passion is for business, photography, food, travel, family, or anything else. If you succeed and meet your goals, then we succeed too.

With that in mind, we have a question for you. Is there any information we can share to help you achieve your goals? What is holding you back? How can we help? What are you looking for?

Please leave us a comment and let us know how we can help. We’ve got lots of great stories and tips ready to go, but your feedback will guide our efforts to help you do great things. I for one can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

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Brent Gummow

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Brent Gummow has been building websites for small businesses, non-profits, artists, and educators for the past 17 years in both Ohio and California.

He currently serves as the Multi-talento in Jimdo's San Francisco office, solving problems, educating users, and helping to grow awareness about Jimdo, the easiest website builder on the web.
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75 Comments

    • Thanks Nancy! Glad to see you here. Have you been making it to Dan’s workshops lately?

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  1. I really like the grid format you have for your blog page. How do I achieve the same effect? I tried setting up columns, but got an error message saying the blog list element isn’t supported in columns.

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    • Thanks Nicholas. We actually custom coded this particular blog like we did with our homepage. It is not possible to do this layout with the Jimdo blog tool right now. However, we are always looking to improve our tools and appreciate your feedback.

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      • Thanks Brent. I think I’ve figured out a way to replicate it using columns. (You also answered my next question, about the layout of your home page.)
        I do appreciate you guys telling us about the share buttons at the left, etc.

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        • No problem. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to integrate outside tools into Jimdo websites. If this is something you are interested in, check out our tools page: http://support.jimdo.com/resources/tools/

          We’ve got tons of third-party services there that you can integrate into your site, many at little or no cost. We add new ones all the time. In fact we just met with a company that provides a full sweet of add-on widgets called http://www.powr.io/ which was extra interesting because of how they let you customize the look of the widgets right on your page.

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      • AYUDEME MEJOR LA PAGINA

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        • Hi Edwin!
          We have some great resources for our Spanish speaking users. Perhaps you can start by looking at some of the useful tips on this page:
          http://seminarios.jimdo.com/

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  2. Hi Brent,
    Like the look of the Blog – Clean lines and no clutter.
    As for your question “What are you looking for” – Either more templates or more drag n’ drop functionality is one thing. Also a newsletter editor which would accept photos.
    And finally a magical successful life would be nice – But I won’t hold you to that one!
    For the record, I think Jimdo is streets ahead of it’s competitors and I really enjoy working in the editor.
    Best wishes with the Blog,
    Declan

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    • Wow Declan! Very kind words. Thank you very much. We always appreciate hearing how we’re doing in regards to the competition. Your http://www.cityraver.com/ site is quite impressive and very extensive. Is there any strategy advice you could use? What has been working well for you and what has been a struggle as you’ve been creating and promoting your site?

      As for templates and drag and drop functionality – I will pass these requests along. Our designers are continuously working on new looks and styles for layouts and hopefully we should see more of those rolling out soon.

      The newsletter is a bit trickier. Many of our users try a third-party newsletter system like http://www.mailchimp.com. They have both free and paid accounts and allow both bulk address import and html newsletters with images and templates.

      The signup widget for Mailchimp and most other newsletter systems can easily be integrating into your JimdoPage by following this tutorial:
      http://www.jimdo.com/help/tutorials/mailchimp/

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  3. I’m building a web site for our golf group and intend to include a google map showing the locations of our venues. I built the map in Jimdo and all was as planned. When I tried to access that page on mt site I received the following message “This site has exceeded it’s daily quota for maps. If you are the creator….” Can this situation be corrected without expense?

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    • Hi Mike!
      When I went to your site I saw the map appear at http://gtatst.jimdo.com/tour-locations/ when it first loaded but then it grays out with the error message. I asked around and this appears to be an issue unique to JimdoFree sites. Our team is working on it with the Google team and hopes to have it solved soon. You won’t have to make any changes on your side. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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  4. I’m just starting out, and would really appreciate very clear tutorials on how to make the various elements of a website work. For example, I’ve spent a couple of hours trying to sort out a blogroll on my home page – and so far I can’t do it. Maybe show examples of web pages and then ‘how to do this’?

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    • Hi Anne!
      Thanks for writing in. The best way to get up to speed quickly with the the Jimdo tools is to sit in on the Getting Started Workshop. There’s one starting in about 90 minutes – more info at http://support.jimdo.com/workshops

      In regards to the Jimdo blog tool specifically, I’d start by following along with our Support Center article here: http://support.jimdo.com/blog/ – we also just launched blogging for our iOS app. You can read about that here: http://blog.jimdo.com/blogging-with-jimdo-for-ios/

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      • Great – thank you.

        I have signed up for tomorrow’s tutorial and will be looking at the clips on YouTube etc.

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  5. Hi Brent,

    I too love the blog and especially the share buttons on the left side. I look forward to seeing these integrated with Jimdo Pro Templates in the near future. I would also love to have a form that could be sent to more than one person.

    Joe

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    • Hi Joe!
      The share links on the left are actually a third-party widget that you can use on your Jimdo website as well. Just use the “a website” option from this site to get the embed code and then paste it into a widget/html element on the page of your site you want them to appear. I believe they’ll make you create a free account as well in order to get the code: https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing

      As for the form element on Jimdo, you can simply make an email forwarder (alias) that goes to multiple recipients and then use that as the email address that the form delivers to.

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  6. Thank you for this post, Brent!

    One thing I would like some help with is Search Engine Optimization. I have read some of the tips and suggestions that jimdo has posted but I wanted to gain some more insight. If you have other resources or ideas related to gaining more search traffic it would be highly appreciated!

    Thank you for your time

    Isaac

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    • Hi Isaac! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. We really appreciate getting some feedback as it will make these posts much more worthwhile for everyone involved.

      SEO is a big subject and we’ll be spending a lot of time on it. In fact, I believe our next post is on that exact topic. Jesse, our new in-house SEO expert, will be sharing some fantastic information to help everyone improve their search engine rankings. Make sure to subscribe or come back on Thursday to catch his first post!

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  7. Hi, just love the design of the Blog, whish it was available as a Jimdo layout as well :)
    What I would love to have as well from Jimdo: a “member login” possibility with individual password management.
    I found an application to be added to other websites: it’s from sentrylogin.com. Asking the Jimdo support how to implement it – I got the answer “we don’t know this tool”. Maybe you do? It would be a great addition (or maybe similar ones) as long as you don’t have the possibility to offer an individual member login.
    Well, these are my “whishes” – otherwise really happy with Jimdo + the new Blog.
    Best wishes
    Maria

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    • Hi Maria – thanks for reading sharing your comments. The main problem with all the user login and user account requests is that it would be very difficult to integrate into Jimdo as it would require an entirely different infrastructure to the way we make our websites. We do hear the request often, so I’m not going to say it will never happen, but it is currently outside of the scope of what we offer.

      I remember looking at http://sentrylogin.com/ a few years ago and there were technical incompatibilities, but I just forwarded this request along to our partnership team to see if there is anything we can do to get it working with our system.

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  8. Thanks for your reply above Brent. I will look at the seminars etc that you recommend. I was trying to add a Pinterest share button to my blog, but I can’t find one on the menu – google etc are there but not Pinterest. Could it be added please?

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    • BTW I am in the UK and your seminars are US time. Please could you do something for non-US customers?

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      • I’ll also see what we can do about off hour seminars for users in the UK. It is a bit tricky though as all of our English support is handled from our San Francisco office. We’re also looking into putting more recorded sessions or shorter help videos out their to watch at your leisure. Thank you for the feedback.

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  9. I love the ease of working with my Jimdo web-site. It is the easiest by far of all I have tried. I recommend Jimdo to everyone but my wishlist is that you will upgrade the options for contemporary looking template designs – especially the navigation bars – in ways that look clean, modern, and really high end. Thanks!!

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    • Thanks Shelley! Always good to hear. As for the layouts, this is a popular request and our team is working on it. They’ve been regularly releasing new ones including a business one that has drop-down menus (Business 4267). The layouts that were released at the same time as the “awesome background” feature are very nice too: http://blog.jimdo.com/awesome-backgrounds/

      More great new layouts to come!

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  10. Hi all,

    first of all thanks for Jimdo, I love working with it. What I’m going to ask may not be technically possible but… here I go: I would love to have a way of setting up templates for my blog posts. I heard in the past that the way Jimdo is structured does not allow for this. But what about being able to keep somewhere for ever and at reach, copies of existing elements or even better a group of elements to paste them somewhere else at will? It would also be cool to have a way of automatically inserting linkes “related articles” at the end of a post (latest articles with the same tags as the current post or any other chosen tag)… Not sure I explained myself correctly but there goes my wish list.

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    • Hello Esther! Excellent feedback.

      The related articles is a bit tricky and not really possible right now other than manually making internal links to a few posts you know would work, but the first request for “templates” is sort of possible.

      If you create a hidden page of your site, you can use the columns element to layout out a generic “page” for a blog post. We recommend having a title, photo, text, and then an author block at the bottom that includes share buttons. Then when you are ready to create a new blog post, duplicate the entire columns element and then drag the new columns element to your clipboard and navigate to your new blog post draft. Then you can drag the columns element onto the content area of the blog draft and just modify all the individual elements.

      It can be a bit tricky to get used to the drag and drop, but the method does work. If you have never done this before, see the “move” section of this Support Center article: http://support.jimdo.com/basics/using-elements

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    • True! I had not thought of that but it could work. I’ve used duplicates and copy-pasting before so I think I know what you mean.

      Thanks a lot.

      Esther

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  11. I am monetising my website. I like how Jimdo offers ecommerce, but it is often difficult for my customers to find the “Checkout” so I lose a lot of business which is frustrating. Is Jimdo improving this function?

    Also, on the forms element I would like to allow my customers to “download a photo” but this is not possible at the moment. Is Jimdo working on this element?

    I think there also needs to be more modern templates available to make our websites look more professional. The more professional the template of the website, the more traffic and chance of success. For example, Jimdo’s homepage looks very professional – but we don’t get offered a template that looks anything like that.

    Thanks for your help. I look forward to your responses.

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    • Hello Mario!
      Looking at your website, you have a LOT of stuff going on. I’d recommend streamlining it a bit. I can’t actually find where you are even using the Jimdo store feature – but if you are using it, the shopping cart will appear in the sidebar after someone adds an item to their cart. I think it would be a good idea to decrease the amount of things in the sidebar too – right now it is overwhelming for visitors.

      As for downloading a photo – this cannot be done with the form, but you can use the file download element to allow visitors to download a photo. If you need a more full-featured form, I’d suggest trying http://www.wufoo.com which specializes in forms (they have both free and paid accounts) and all their forms can easily be embedding into your Jimdo website by using the widget/html element.

      In regards to templates – our team is working on this and have been releasing new ones pretty regularly. I expect more good things to come soon. Take a look at http://www.jimdo.com/examples to see what others have accomplished with existing layouts – some are quite stunning.

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      • Hi Brent,

        thanks for your feedback. Yes I agree my website is too busy and I will try to stream line it.

        About file downloading – I would like my customers to be able to send me a photo. At the moment they just email it to me, but this is a bit unprofessional. I would like for them to be able to upload a photo that I can receive and then put on the website. I hope this makes sense.

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        • To have visitors send you a photo – the best option is to use the http://www.wufoo.com form.

          We’ll definitely be addressing some design trends. The Jimdo websites that “don’t have a sidebar” actually do – they have the sidebar on the bottom of the layout where it acts as a footer. This is part of the trend of people wanting to use the entire width of the screen for their primary content area. I like this style a lot, especially when used with the columns element.

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      • hi brent,

        about templates, I’ve noticed a lot of websites now don’t even have a sidebar. Can you please discuss some of the emerging trends in website templates.

        thanks again.

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        • Hi Mario – sorry, I thought I had answered this before. We are reworking the way the “sidebar” works on a lot of our layouts. Contents that appear in the sidebar appear on all pages, but the sidebar, doesn’t always have to appear on the side. A lot of our newer layouts place the “sidebar” on the bottom where it works like a footer. This allows you to use the entire width of the website container for your content. Much more flexible and modern looking.
          And, if you miss having the sidebar then you can always add a columns element to the page you want to have it and make a different one for each page.

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  12. I redid my website a year or more ago using your tools; now I want to completely rework it. Can I establish a “workspace” or “test” environment somewhere so my current site can stay up until I’m ready to swap it out for the new one?

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    • Hello Jim! There isn’t a great way to do this. You could start another free Jimdo website and play with ideas there and then redo them on your current site, or you could hide most of your progress from visitors by making an “under construction” message – we have a tutorial for that here: http://support.jimdo.com/tutorials/using-jimdo/how-to-create-an-under-construction-page

      It also might be worthwhile to spend some time looking through our example sites at http://www.jimdo.com/examples. Each has a link to the page and will tell you what layout they are using. This can make it much easier to select a layout that you like.

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  13. Hello as I can add a page to my web jimdo free

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    • Hello Daniel! I’m not sure exactly what you are asking, but looking at your site, it looks like you have a LOT of blog articles that are filling up the homepage of your site. I’d recommend limiting the number that appears on one page to like 10 to make it load faster, then you can create a blog archive by following this tutorial:
      http://support.jimdo.com/tutorials/using-jimdo/how-to-create-a-blog-archive-page

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  14. Hello Brent
    I am completely new to blogging etc, I am currently Competition/Match Secretary for a Lawn Bowls club in Spain, and would like to set up a blog so members could log on and get all the information about events and activities etc.

    Thank you

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    • Hello Peter!
      Do you already have a website for the organization? There is a slight difference between the two. To help explain it a bit more, every blog is a website, but not every website is a blog.

      Blogs are regularly updated posts on a particular topic. So in your case, you would want to create a website for the club and then add a blog to it – perhaps on a news or events page of the site. Jimdo is a good tool for easily making a site that has a blog component built in.

      If you are new to Jimdo, I’d recommend checking out http://support.jimdo.com/ – the getting started area has some great video tutorials to get your started!

      I’d also recommend watching our Getting Started workshops. You can sign up for an upcoming session or watch a recorded one at http://www.jimdo.com/help/workshops – It has lots of great tips and live demonstrations of ways to work with and improve your Jimdo website.

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  15. I only just started with Jimdo, so it’s a bit early for me to give suggestions. So far it has been a good experience. I like the lay-out of this blog

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    • Thank Freya! Your site is starting off strong. I’ll share your feedback about the blog display layout with the team.

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  16. Hi! I wish I knew about your website before I hired somebody to build our business website… Is there a way for me to use our registered business domain name in Jimdo? Just recently, I registered initially for a free account to learn more about how Jimdo works and how I could use it for my wife’s travel business. The domain name of her website is goldpasstravels.com and it’s not even completely functional yet.

    Your insights would be most helpful.

    Thanks a lot!

    Johnny

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    • Hello Johnny!
      You can indeed use an existing registered domain name with any JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness subscription. When you are ready, just log into your JimdoFree site and click on the upgrade button on the right. You can enter your existing domain name and the system will tell you that it is already registered, but if you click the checkbox that verifies that you are the owner, it will let you proceed. Then when you are ready, you can follow these instructions to connect the domain to your website: http://support.jimdo.com/domains/connecting-external-domains/

      Hope this helps!

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  17. Hi! How do other people send blog posts on your website ?

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    • Hello Safa!
      It depends on exactly what you mean. Anyone can use the share buttons on the left of the screen to send the link of any blog post to their friends on facebook, followers on twitter, or even to someone via email.

      Let me know if I misunderstood your request and I can give you a better answer.

      Thanks for reading!

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      • Hi (again) what I mean is that I’ve got the jimdo app on the iPad and when I go on safari and type in the website it doesn’t let you send a post, what do you do ?

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        • Hello Safa – I think I understand a little better. There are many features that you cannot access from within the iOS app. If you log into your website using a computer instead of your ipad, you can place a wider variety of elements onto your page or blog post. If you do this, you can place a “share buttons” element onto your blog post to allow visitors to share it with their friends and social networks.

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  18. I am having problems with the blog section of my website. Could you help me, please?

    Firstly, how do I reply to comments on my blog? Secondly, how do I set up a blog archive, ie 2014 and then the months of the year? I tried to do this last night and the year and month came up as a separate button, alongside the others on the menu. I would prefer the year and month to be displayed as a feed down the right side of the screen.

    I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

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    • Hello Christina!
      To reply to your comments, simply log into your website and then switch to the view mode by clicking the link in the bottom right corner of the page. Then navigate to the blog article and leave a comment.

      In regards to a blog archive, we have a tutorial for that here: http://support.jimdo.com/tutorials/using-jimdo/how-to-create-a-blog-archive-page

      The important thing to remember is that when it comes to blog categories/tags, each word is a separate one. So “January 2014″ would create one for each of those terms. Make sure to make a unique tag that is one string like “January2014″ or “2014-January” instead. Then you can have the links to the archives appear in the navigation or you can hide the pages in the navigation (by clicking the eyball icon next to each page in “edit navigation”) and then make your own links on the sidebar where they will appear on every page of your site.

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  19. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. It’s much appreciated. I plan on working on my site this evening so I’ll do as you suggested. I’ll also study the tutorial. Thank you for the link.

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    • Thank you for the kind words Johnathan. Good luck with your page!

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  21. Hi,

    All of a sudden my sidebar is not showing up on every page but only the home page??? PLease help!

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    • Hello Andrea! I’m seeing the 4 icons in the blueish background at the bottom of every page of your site. Did you already figure out your problem? If you are still having trouble, you can contact our support tea at http://support.jimdo.com/contact

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      • I figured it out Brent, thank you! :)

        I do have another question, is it possible for people to “follow” my blog? By that I mean, they sign up with their email to get an email of each blog post.

        Thanks,
        Andrea

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        • Hi Andrea – See the bottom of the blog article here: http://support.jimdo.com/blog

          You just need to make a text or image link to allow people to “subscribe” to your blog. The article shows what the specific link address should be.

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  22. Hi Brent! I know that Jimdo has share buttons that are easy to add to our jimdo sites but do you know when Jimdo will come out with easy to add follow buttons that will help us connect with potential clients on social media?

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    • Hello Lauren! I’m not sure we’ll be making built-in ones in the near future, but there are lots of options. There are slick free third-party ones you can add to your site here: https://www.addthis.com/get/follow (copy and paste the code they provide into a widget/html element) – You can also make your own by just downloading social media logos and making each image a link to your respective profiles.

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  23. H, I am trying to access the Newsletter feature. However, when I go to Settings – Website – There is nothing here. :( I know “Newsletter” is supposed to be there, but it is not. I have to have this feature, its a deal breaker. I am a JimdoPro account holder using Layout F4246.

    Please help!

    Thanks, Andrea

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    • We actually discontinued our newsletter feature, but don’t worry, there is a MUCH better alternative. We recommend http://www.mailchimp.com and use it ourselves. There is a very robust free version that should work for nearly every Jimdo customer and it has many more features than our old newsletter system had including the ability to send emails with images (html emails) and the ability to import a list of email addresses. Once you sign up, see this page for how to add the mailchimp signup widget onto your site: http://support.jimdo.com/tutorials/apps-and-plugins/how-to-add-a-mailchimp-signup-form-to-your-website

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    • Thanks Joe! Keep on reading, lots of great content since we posted this at the beginning of the year.

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  26. Hello,

    For some reason, when I add a photo element to my Gallery page, the photo element shows up on all my other pages. How do I fix this?

    Thank you

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    • Hello Sabrina, this happens when you add elements to the “sidebar” of your Jimdo website rather than the main content area. (see http://support.jimdo.com/basics/anatomy-of-a-jimdo-site/sidebar/)

      It just so happens that the sidebar on the layout you are using is on the bottom of the page where it acts like a footer. You can fix this by moving the photo from the sidebar (footer) on the gallery page and dragging it to the main body area of your gallery page.

      I hope this helps!

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  27. This is really an mind st-rucking point that what you want to do . and the image which you have selected for that is very beautiful and look like a real picture.

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  28. Hi,
    Do you have a feature that allows me to import blog posts from a previous site of mine?
    Thanks,
    Teresa

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    • Hello Teresa!
      Unfortunately, we do not. You would need to recreate all old blog posts on our system.
      Sorry about that!

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