Many people wonder which to choose out of Joomla Vs Jimdo to build a site. There are clear differences between them. Joomla is a free content management system for publishing web content. All you need is a host.
Jimdo is a free platform that allows you to build your own website with drag and drop functions. Also, while Jimdo is not a true ecommerce platform it does allow you to sell products. Let’s get started with the comparison.
I never recommend the free plan because of the limitations. It is not for those who want to make money, sell things, or become a serious blogger and website owner.
Pro – You can either pay $7.50 per month or $90 annually
Business – You can either pay $20 per month or $240 annually
Joomla is free, but you have to pay for hosting. Bluhost is the most popular and among the cheapest hosting sites in the world. For under 4 dollars a month you will get a free domain and unlimited storage to do whatever you want. Bluehost obviously has cheaper pricing, but remember you have to pay yearly in advance. They also have a full 30-Day Money-back Guarantee.
Jimdo keeps it simple and it can be an option for people who want to build a website at a low cost. If you’ve used other site builders like Weebly you might find that the Joomla drag and drop function doesn’t give you the same comfort. Another thing customers complain about is the lack of a preview feature. This is something that needs to be fixed. Most people like to test and examine their edits before it becomes live on their site. All in all Jimdo is a basic builder. It is simple for beginners, but you can’t go deep into customization.
I always tell people that Joomla will give you a more complex site in a short amount of time. Many beginners hear Joomla and think I’m going to have to be a technical wizard, which is not true. Joomla is not similar to Dreamweaver. You don’t need to know how to code, but you can code if you choose to. Joomla is a CMS and it allows you to seamlessly setup and create a site in under 20 minutes. All you need is hosting in which I recommend Bluehost and a theme in which I recommend Genesis.
It is faster to make a site with Joomla because you don’t need to drop and drag to build your site. Also, you can install plugins in seconds to enhance your site.
Joomla has unlimited storage with Bluehost hosting, that allows you to do all you need to do to create the site of your dreams. Everything goes. Joomla has limitations, how you ask? The free plan only offers 500MB, which is not a lot. Especially if you want to add images. Their next plan offers 5GB. Limited storage is not good for the long run. Serious bloggers are not given the freedom that they need. The only plan that has infinite storage, is their $20 plan. With that said we can conclude that Joomla has better storage space.
Jimdo doesn’t have all the SEO options available to you with their first two plans. Robots Meta Tags, and URL redirects are only available with the Business plan. But the Pro and Business plan both have all the other SEO options like XML Sitemap, custom page Urls, homepage, meta title, etc.
Joomla is already ready to start ranking and with Joomla you can install plugins to improve your SEO such as SEO Boss, EFSEO, Jtag Meta Tag, SEOSimple, JSitemap, JCH Optimize which makes your website faster, Aimy Sitemap, Tag Meta, much more.
Joomla sites will definitely rank better. Many of the most popular companies are using Joomla such as Harvard University, MTV, Burger King, Porsche, IKEA, and more.
Just to give you a few numbers, Datanyze reports shows that there are 47 Joomla sites in the top 10K, while there are only 8 Jimdo sites. If you want to be on the first page of Google, then Joomla is your best bet.
Jimdo Pro or Business allows you to get a real domain. 1 or 2 depending on the plan. The non recommended free option gives you an ugly subdomain, which is not good for branding or ranking purposes.
One good thing about Joomla is that your site will be hosted on their servers. Two bad things about that is with the free plan they show ads on your site to keep the costs free. 2nd, you have no way to export your site when you leave. When you leave you can’t take your site with you. All of your hard work will be lost.
Once again Jimdo is a simple website builder. It does not have extensive features. You don’t get anything that wows you. There are ways that you can add external features from other companies such as Embed videos, Facebook & Disquis comments, Instagram photos, music player, MailChimp, and Google Calendar, but that’s really about it.
The reason that Joomla features are a deal breaker is because Joomla has over 7500 plugins that you can install on your site. It’s in a different ball park. All you have to do is go to browse extensions and type in what type of extension that you need in the search box. For example, if you need to turn your site into a selling platform, then search shopping cart. Anything that you want whether social media, gallery, effects, optimizers, comment systems, navigational tools, form makers, CDN site speed boosters, and more extensions are there for you. You get 1000 times what you are getting with Jimdo.
The better blogging platform is easily going to be Joomla because you have more capabilities with the different extensions. Blogging is easier when you can install addons at any time. You are already fully equipped to be a successful blogger.
If you check their site and other sites you will find that Jimdo extremely lacks in templates. They need more templates for their customers to choose from. When it comes to Joomla templates you will not have a problem with finding the right template design for your site. There are thousands of free, cheap, and premium templates all over the web to get you started. All you need are a few clicks and you’re ready to go.
Jimdo is not an ecommerce platform, but you have the ability to sell things if you choose. Let’s take a closer look.
- The Pro plan only allows you to sell up to 15 different items.
- The Business plan lets you sell an unlimited number of products.
With Joomla all you have to do to have a full feature ecommerce store is install VirtueMart, which is a free popular shopping cart. Your products are SEO Optimized and you can hold an infinite amount of products. So if you’re planning to start a brandable online store because of the features, price, and stability Joomla is the clear best answer for everyone.
With Jimdo you have live chat from 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time depending upon the staff available. You are also given a bevy of setup guides and articles.
Your hosting has 24/7 phone support and live chat and also Joomla has a larger following so you will have more guides, Youtube videos, forums, experts, friends, etc. You have a higher success rate where there is more help.
I don’t see how anyone could choose Jimdo if they are blogging and website building for the long run. If you want more flexibility, better price, better rankings, better looking and more theme options, and the best opportunity to generate income then choose Joomla. All you need is Bluehost which guides you through the whole process.
You can have everything setup in 20 minutes from now. The good thing about installing a CMS to your hosting is that you can also freely install Drupal, WordPress, Prestashop, and more platforms. But remember you need hosting.
It is very easy to make a site, you will not be disappointed.