Every feature in Jimdo was created to enable effortless website creation. Many common features—adding photos, changing layouts, etc.—are simple and right at your fingertips. Others are just as easy to use, but less often seen in the wild. Try out the ten lesser known features below—one of them might be your missing puzzle piece.
1. Edit your footer
By default, your website’s footer has links to your sitemap, print version, and about page. Sometimes you want to be a rebel and not have any links at the bottom of your website. That’s understandable—plus it’s your site and you can do whatever you want.
- Go to Settings > Website > Edit Footer
- Check the boxes for the links that you want
- Click Save
If you’re familiar with HTML, you can even add your very own custom links by using the field in those options.
2. Remove Formatting
While word processors are great for writing a novel, they can be hard to use in tandem with your Jimdo website. Things like different fonts, odd colors, and weird characters that ruin the aesthetics of your website get moved over when you do a simple copy and paste. The good news is that the “Remove Formatting” button allows you take a stride towards more readable copy.
- Paste your text into a Text element
- Highlight the offending text
- Click on the eraser icon
Modern web design suggests that all text on your website follow the same formatting throughout. By removing any rogue formatting, you’ll ensure that your visitors have a positive experience as they try to find and read information on your site.
3. Move navigation pages with your arrow keys
Keyboard shortcuts are all the rage on the web now. Not one to stay behind when it comes to trends, Jimdo also has some legit, time-saving keyboard shortcuts in the navigation.
- Hover over your navigation and click “Edit Navigation”
- Click on the page that you want to move
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move your page up or down in the navigation
4. Create a Mobile Express Page
It is a known fact that the amount of people who browse the internet on their smartphones continues to expand every year. Leverage the power of the Mobile Express Page and quickly show useful information to mobile visitors of your website such as hours of operation and your physical address.
- Go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Express Page
- Enter the details of your company
Once this has been set up, your website’s visitors won’t waste precious time looking for vital information.
5. Change your site title
Depending on which browser you’re using, your site title will appear either on a tab or at the top of the window of that browser, to the right of the dash. The site title and the page title are both used in the link that’s shown in search engine results. They also play a crucial role when it comes to SEO, as these keywords shape the way Google sees your website.
By default, the site title is also the name of your website. However, that may not always be what you would like to display. Here’s how to change this:
- Go to Settings > Website > Site Title
- Enter your site title
- Click Save
Note that it will take Google and other search engines some time before they make the changes on their end.
6. Set a favicon for your website
A favicon is the small icon that appears on the browser’s tab of a website that you’re visiting, next to the page title. For example, you can see Jimdo’s favicon on the top-left corner on the screenshot below. Here’s how to add one for your own website:
- Head over to Settings > Website > Favicon
- Upload your favicon
- Click “Upload”
- Switch over to “view” mode to see your favicon!
For best results, choose an image that is exactly 16×16 or 32×32 pixels, and that is saved in a .ico format. Take a shot at creating your own favicon or uploading an image at these sites:
7. Save an alternate email address
Do you ever find yourself forgetting where you left your car keys? If so, this feature is just for you. Next time you forget your password and the primary email address on file, you’ll be able to use this alternate email address to regain entry to your website.
- Head over to Settings > Account > Your email address
- Provide an alternate email address
An alternate email address can come in handy during some odd situations such as when your primary email address is down, or when you no longer have access to it. It’s also useful for when your main email address is one that’s known for sending real messages to the spam folder.
8. Add a scroll-to-top button
I’ve seen extremely long pages in my day that are just brimming with content. The hardest part of seeing all of that fascinating content is having to manually scroll back to the top. No more! Make it easy for your visitors to reach the top of your website with this nifty button.
- Go to Settings > Website > Back-to-top button
- Check the box to enable it
- Choose the position of the button
Note that the scroll-to-top button doesn’t appear right away when visitors reach your website. Instead, it makes a grand appearance—like a superhero—once the visitor begins scrolling down the page.
9. View all contact form entries
Real email sometimes goes into my spam folder, and sometimes spam goes into my inbox. It’s something humanity has had to deal with, along with death and taxes. If you’re ever unsure about who contacted you via your website’s contact form, you no longer have to live in fear, thinking it went into your spam folder. Simply head over to Settings > Website > Form Archive.
Although this is a JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness feature at this time, it can come in handy when you’ve yet to update your contact form’s email address, or if you’d like to download list of every message you’ve ever received.
10. Write a custom confirmation message for form submissions
Let’s stay with the topic of contact forms. The message, “Success! Your form was sent” is nice, but you can also change it to something more exciting or more practical. For example, the confirmation message of a contact form regarding price quotes can say:
“Thank you for getting in touch with us. Our Rube Goldberg machine is performing some complex calculations and will compute a quote based on your needs.”
A more practical message can include a link to a hidden page on your website where customers can make a payment once they have submitted the answers in the form.
To create a custom confirmation message:
- Click on your contact form
- Click on the Confirmation Message button
- Please enter your own message
- Click Save
We’ve only scratched the surface of the features that Jimdo has to offer. We didn’t even talk about video backgrounds, custom order confirmation page, or the plethora of settings found in our Site Admin. Learn more about all these by checking out our news page.
As always, please leave a comment and let us know which of these you plan on using in the near future.
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