Creating a website is as easy or as complicated as a user wants. You could tinker with settings with a completely code-free website builder for hundreds of hours, and set up a site using a professional CMS overnight. It all depends on how in depth you want to customize your site.
Easy-to-use, WordPress and Jimdo give users the ability to create a website in a comparatively fast way. But despite the shared goal, each platform has its own approach to the process of website creation, and has its own benefits and disadvantages in terms of the price, features, scalability and also technical support.
Please note that in this Jimdo versus WordPress review we’re talking about the self-hosted version of the CMS, WordPress.org, not its .com counterpart.
#1 Ease of Use
Jimdo. Being a web service meant for non-coders, Jimdo is very easy-to-use. You’ll be doing a lot of dragging and dropping in the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get mode. The builder is completely code-free, unless you decide to use the built-in HTML/CSS template editor.
Though Jimdo’s editor looks quite cohesive, we wish it had separate areas for content editing and website settings (domain names, billing, SEO, contributors etc.), like in Wix and Weebly. In its current version, everything is merged into one page with a collapsible toolbar.
WordPress. Though WordPress is one of the easiest content management systems around, it can be difficult for a non-coder to set up their first site with WordPress.
While with Jimdo you get everything you might need for your site under the same roof (hosting, website templates, library of third-party applications and the ability to purchase a domain name), with WordPress you have to get a web hosting account yourself, as well as to be able to install WordPress, find or purchase (if paid) and install a website theme, saying nothing about plugins, security issues and ongoing website maintenance.
The CMS allows for deeper customization than Jimdo, so there’s nothing strange that it’s more complicated.
Jimdo vs WordPress. Jimdo requires no training and will be perfect for newbies, while WordPress has a slight learning curve. Luckily, there are tens of thousands of tutorials on how to set up and configure a WordPress website, so you’re not alone.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Jimdo. Jimdo is meant for creating business websites, portfolios, blogs and simple webstores. It has its own blogging engine, eCommerce system and a collection of third-party widgets that you can add to your site using the Widget/HTML element. These include MailChimp, Linkedin, Yelp, Fotomoto, Disqus and Google calendar among others.
Jimdo lets users build new and manage existing websites using an iOS or Android app.
WordPress. WordPress is super customizable. Users have the ability to create a website to their exact specifications using a number of plugins – tiny pieces of software that you plug into your website to extend the site’s functionality. Tech-savvy users can create their own apps and plugins, meaning that they can scale and improve their website as their business grows, be it a blog, news site or jewelry store.
WordPress vs Jimdo. Each platform does exactly what you expect from it: Jimdo helps non-techies create simple sites simply by dragging and dropping elements on the page, while WordPress, being an open source system, allows for greater customization.
Jimdo. Jimdo has a decent collection of responsive templates. These can be customized either in the WYSIWYG mode, or through the advanced HTML/CSS editor. You can change templates without losing any of your content.
WordPress. There are thousands of WordPress themes out there, both free and paid. Some support drag-and-drop editing, others can be customized only through the code. WordPress themes are also switchable.
Jimdo vs WordPress. Jimdo templates require no installation – you can switch your current theme with a few clicks. WordPress offers a greater choice, but changing the theme will require a greater amount of time and experience.
#4 Customer Support
Jimdo. There’s a FAQ section and extensive knowledge base that answers many common questions you may have. If you need immediate assistance, you can chat with one of the Jimdo experts online or send an email.
WordPress. WordPress has a huge community. You’ll find many quality blogs, YouTube channels and forums dedicated to WordPress. There’s also much information on the official website. However, there’s no official support staff.
WordPress vs Jimdo. Jimdo is greater than WordPress here, as it has fewer customers, so it can serve them via live chat and email, while WordPress has no email or phone number to call for help. Luckily, there’s a massive community of WordPress users who share their experience for free.
#5 Pricing Policy
Jimdo. You can keep your Jimdo site free as long as you need, but by upgrading to one of the paid subscriptions you can connect a custom domain, access advanced eCommerce features and get rid of the advert.
WordPress. The CMS is free. You’ll only have to pay your monthly hosting fee. Depending on the provider, this will make around $5-$12/month. Additionally, you may need to pay for a premium theme or plugin.
Jimdo vs WordPress. It all depends of your needs. But if you need a website that works correctly 24 hours and 7 days a weeks, Jimdo is more preferable, as it’s users’ websites and servers are under all-day control of technical support.
Jimdo vs WordPress: Conclusion
So which one is better: Jimdo or WordPress? In our opinion, Jimdo would be better than WordPress when you need a complete website without serious HTML/CSS skills.
WordPress.org gives all of its users the freedom to create a unique site that they can scale over time, while Jimdo provides the simplicity to do it quickly, and the power to customize that site in a completely code-free way.