Jimdo is relatively new among free website builder services. The site was started in 2007 by 3 young German entrepreneurs. Since then it has grown into one of the most popular website builders. The website boasts over 8 million websites created under their name. The thriving community with offices all around the globe is proof to their ever increasing popularity.
In order to start working, go to Jimdo website. Pick a name for you website and enter your email and password. Once the email verification is finished, you will be taken to a basic page with editor to experiment on. The editor interface is interesting with a minimalistic approach. At first look, you can only see an eight option bar on the right side which is Blog, Layout, Style, Upgrade, Settings, SEO, Statistics and Help. Clicking on these options will open up the tools available under each section.
There are also lot of add ons to the page which can be according to your needs. Social media can also be added to the site.
There are lots of layouts available. You can select the one which seems to suite you. However try to avoid, changing the layout in the middle of designing. If you do, get prepared for lot of head scratching trying to get the elements arranged as you designed before. Luckily changing styles inside the layout is not much of a headache. Anyways, I would rate the designing experience better than in Google Sites.
One of the main attractions of Jimdo is the range of options provided for hosting the website. Apart from setting up basic account information, you can also set email with your domain name, domain management, news letter service, forward emails and provides a mobile responsive website. You can also link Jimdo to Dropbox account, so that it can take back up automatically.
Final Verdict: Jimdo performed not that bad in this category. Actually it is still good enough option for a regular basic user trying to create a basic site. I give it an average rating compared to the other brands in the category. But there is plenty of scope for making this the best in the category by fixing some issues such as the one related to fixing issues of misalignment while changing layout.