Fast-growing Jimdo deploys iOS website builder app

22 Aug 2013

Jimdo co-founder Fridtjof Detzner

Already with a burgeoning population of 8m websites and growing, popular website builder Jimdo has deployed an easy-to-use app that lets users build a website via their iPhone or iPad in a few easy steps.

Jimdo co-founder Fridtjof Detzner dropped by the offices last week to demonstrate the app, which went live in the Apple App Store this morning.

“We make complex tasks easy for people,” said Detzner. “This is the evolution of our multi-device approach.

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“We love products, we love what we do and we want to be leading edge. No one else has a web-building product like this out there.”

Jimdo’s iOS app opens up the possibility to add, modify, and delete content on the go. For instance, the app enables a photographer to add galleries at a shoot, a chef to add a new recipe page right from the kitchen, or a group of friends to create a travel website while on vacation.

Anybody can use Jimdo for iOS to add new photos, galleries, and text; add, delete, and reorder pages; and track their website’s traffic. All websites are optimised for mobile and desktop.

Detzner explained that an Android version of the app is in the works.

“The idea is that anyone, anywhere can build a website in four easy steps.”

Hamburg, Germany-based Jimdo was founded in 2007 by Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner and Matthias Henze.

The company employs 170 people in Hamburg, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Detzner showed how the core content management system (CMS) works seamlessly across desktop, smartphone and tablet and added that functionality such as integration with Dropbox and all the relevant social media sharing tools are already built in.

A Pro version will give website owners and builders access to analytical information.

“We worked hard to get all these things working. We believe we have put together the key elements individuals and business owners need to build a really cool website, starting with four easy steps on an iOS device,” Detzner said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years