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Add G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 Email to Your Website!

 

When it comes to building a website, our policy here at Jimdo is to make it as easy as possible. This means offering as many options as we can and staying flexible so we cater to the variety of people who use our websites, from small businesses to travel bloggers.

 

That’s why today we’re happy to announce more email options. Now you can use your domain with your own professional G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 Account, following the quick steps below. That way you can integrate tools you already use, streamline your accounts, and get access to a whole set of productivity apps.

 

If you don’t have G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 yet, just follow the steps below and you’ll have a chance to create a new account.


What are G Suite and Microsoft Office 365?

G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 are business versions of the normal Gmail or Microsoft email accounts. If you’re looking for more control over your email and more options than what’s included in our regular Jimdo email, these services are a great choice.

 

They both allow you to create customized group email addresses for your business, so everyone has their own professional email account e.g “tara@mydomain.com, contact@mydomain.com” etc. You’ll also get more control over the email accounts and files. In addition to email, these accounts give you access to other productivity tools and apps for your business like Google Docs and Excel.

 

For pricing details and more information, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two services to see which one might be right for you.  

How can I add my G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 email to my account?

It’s super easy to create or connect your chosen account, just follow these 3 steps:

Step 1

Log in to your Jimdo website, open your menu and select Settings > Domains & Email > Domains.

Step 2

Click on the domain that you want to add your G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 email to. Then choose your preferred email option (G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 or Jimdo Mail).

Step 3

 Choose your email provider and click on “Login to Office 365” (for example). This will then open a window where you can log in to your existing Microsoft Office 365 or G Suite account, which will automatically be connected to your website. You also have the option of creating a new G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 account and adding it to your domain.


Can I switch from Jimdo Mail to G Suite or Microsoft Office 365?

Of course you have the option to switch! Just make sure that you create your G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 email account first. Then all you have to do is manually export all your Jimdo Mail emails and import them to your new G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 account.

Please note: Your Jimdo mail won’t be deleted, you’ll still be able to access it. However, sending and receiving emails won’t work anymore. Once your domain email address is registered with G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 then we recommend deleting your Jimdo Mail account.

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Friday Habits to Make Monday Even Better

It’s no big surprise that Friday is the least productive day of the week. You’ve run out of steam, you’re thinking about the weekend, and it seems silly to start a project at 3pm, right?

 

Well, you’re not alone. In studies of how people spend their time, Tuesday wins the top productivity spot. Monday usually comes in second. Friday? Let’s just say Friday isn’t winning any go-getter awards. Actually, Friday ranks dead last.

 

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I never worried too much about the Friday doldrums until I became a freelancer. Then I realized that unproductive Fridays and the “flexibility” of freelancing meant I was spending valuable off-time doing stuff I should have done during the week. Who starts freelancing so that they can work on weekends? Certainly not me.

 

I realized I needed a way to revamp my Fridays, not by suddenly becoming a productivity rockstar, but by embracing the fact that Fridays are different from other days of the week. They may be stigmatized as “unproductive” and good for only mindless tasks, but Fridays are also a day when people feel more relaxed and open-minded. Which is something we can all start taking advantage of.

 

If I could use Fridays not to crank out work, but to set myself up for the week ahead, I could have less weekend work and less stress on Monday morning. Here’s the gameplan:

Make your Monday to-do list now—while you still remember

In productivity studies, one interesting takeaway is that Monday is the second-most productive day, not the first. This is because people typically spend a good chunk of Monday planning out their week.

 

But Monday is actually a terrible day to plan. On Friday, your to-dos are clear as day. But on Monday, your memory is hazy and a lot of details will have slipped your mind. Plus, on Monday you’re getting a barrage of emails and distractions from other productive Monday people.

 

Instead of spending your Monday morning—aka prime productivity time—revving up and vaguely remembering what you wanted to do, you could arrive at your desk with that plan already written out.

 

On Friday, help your future self out and brain dump all your to-dos for the coming week. Put them in the order that you want to do them, so that when you start on Monday you can just hit the ground running. I personally do this on a Trello board, but any method for writing it down works fine.

 

Make the bullets detailed, too. If you just scribble “Email Matt”, come Monday you might not remember what the heck you need to email Matt about. Or even which Matt you’re talking about. (That’s happened to me).

 

An added benefit of making this list is that you can clear your mind right before the weekend, and not feel like you have to hold on to lots of tiny scraps of information. It’s all written down and waiting for you when you return.

Record what you did during the past week

Whether it’s for your Monday morning check-in with colleagues or just for your own project journal, it’s a good idea to write down some bullets points of what you did over the past week. Friday is the time to do it, because again, you’re not going to remember on Monday.

 

I noticed another benefit when I started this habit—it makes you feel good. We often fixate on what’s left on our list, and don’t stop to think “Hey, I actually did a lot this week.” Especially when you work independently, there aren’t a lot of people patting you on the back. Creating your own sense of accomplishment will send you into the weekend with a spring in your step.

 

For more on this idea, check out this video from Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile on how tracking small “wins” makes you happier and more productive. 

Use Friday to ask for a favor

There’s a common belief that you shouldn’t ask for something right before the weekend, since people are “running out the door.” But if you think about it, it’s actually one of the best times to ask someone for a time commitment or a favor.

 

The reason is that they’re thinking about the weekend, not their to-do list. The person is probably in a good mood because the weekend is coming, and they’re feeling generous with their time—because next week hasn’t begun yet. Asking on Friday also gives the other person a chance to add your request to their own plan, so they don’t get slammed with it on Monday.

 

The bottom line is that on Friday, people are more likely to say yes. Sneaky? Maybe. Effective? You bet. :)

Send a thank you note

As you look back on the week, Friday is also a great time to show a little love to the people you work with. Robert Locke writing at Lifehack has a great suggestion: use time on Friday to send a quick thank you note to a colleague. It doesn’t have to be too cheesy or formal, but if there’s a specific thing you can thank someone for, don’t hesitate to do it. It will spread positivity and help your colleague start the weekend on a good foot, too.

 

Just remember that this is the time for straight-up thank yous, not broader feedback sessions. Save any constructive feedback or criticism for earlier in the week so that the person on the receiving end doesn’t have to stew on it over the weekend.

Think about your next big idea

You might hear some productivity experts say that Friday is the worst day to start something new, because you’re tired and burned out. But Friday is actually the perfect day to think and talk about the future.

 

Because people are more relaxed and open-minded, I find that Fridays are the best time to talk about blue-sky ideas, or reflect honestly on what people want to be doing. You’ll then have the weekend to sleep on it and subconsciously mull everything over, which usually leads to fresh ideas on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend

A recent New Yorker cartoon shows a disheveled man sitting at a desk, asking “I can’t remember—do I work at home or do I live at work?”

 

If this hits close to home for you, remind yourself that time off to recharge is probably the most important productivity “hack” there is. “Leaving the work at work is one of the most important [mental] recovery strategies—and the hardest”, says Entrepreneur Magazine. “Working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you're supposedly working toward.”


Implementing some of these Friday habits has definitely made it my favorite day of the work week. Not because it’s “lazy,” but because the different pace and the different expectations actually give you a chance to reflect, recharge, and prepare for a less hectic, more focused Monday.

 

Any Friday habits that work for you? Let us know in the comments.

Maggie Biroscak

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Do Even More With Your Blog!

 

 If you’re a blogger, you know that the image you present to the outside world and what people see on your blog is super important.

 

Last month, we released new blog features to update the way you manage your posts. Today, we’re following up with even more tools to make blogging a breeze.

 

Check out our new added extras (and a summary of all the blog changes of the past few weeks at the end):


More options for tags

Your tagged posts are now in one place. Open your menu and go to Blog > Main > Tags. There you’ll see the new Tag Management View with  a full overview of all the tags you’ve used. Now it’s easy to  see how many blog posts you have under each tag for “recipes”... or “gym!” Then you can create, rename, and delete the tags for each post accordingly.

More control over your comments

You spoke—and we listened! We received feedback from our Support Team that you wanted more options for responding to comments on your blog posts. Now you can automatically integrate the Disqus commenting tool right into your website.

 

To use Disqus, you’ll first need to set up a free Disqus account before you connect it to your Jimdo website.  Then you can choose your own 'Shortname.' Once you turn on the Disqus option in your Jimdo menu under Blog > Settings > General, it’s activated. Then add your Shortname created with Disqus to connect your Disqus account to your website.

What is Disqus?

Disqus is a specialized comment plug-in that’s perfect for people who want to host more active conversations on their blog. The core features are free to use, with the option to upgrade if you want more.

 

How does Disqus help?

If you get lots of comments on your blog posts and want to leave threaded responses, or if you’ve been having trouble with spam comments, Disqus is a great option. Once you connect your Disqus account/ID, you can manage comments from a Moderation Panel where you can “approve”, “delete” or mark comments as “spam.”

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Please note: Since there are now two different commenting options, you’ll need to choose one or the other for your blog. When you switch to Disqus, past comments left with the Jimdo system won’t be visible anymore. If you change your mind, you can switch back and reactivate the past Jimdo comments at any time.

Turn on Comments and Share buttons automatically for all posts

Social media sharing buttons are the key to getting your content out there. Which is why we wanted to keep it simple and give you the option to turn share buttons on/off automatically for all posts. If you choose a particular style of share button e.g. black and white it will be applied to all your share buttons so they look uniform. These are all global settings and can only be turned on/off on an individual post level.

 

In the same place under Blog > Settings > General you will also find a global switch to turn comments on/off for all posts. When this is activated, visitors can comment on your all your blog posts. You can then activate or deactivate this setting for individual blog posts.

Pro tip: If you’re thinking: “what about my previous blog posts?” We added an “apply to all” checkbox (as seen above) so you can choose to update all your existing posts to the current default setting. So, for example, if you have comments automatically activated for all posts you have the choice to tick the box and apply this setting to any previous posts.

TL;DR: Our Latest Blog Updates

In case you missed the first part, here are the new blog features we’ve rolled out in the past few weeks!

  • Custom URL ending. Customize the URL endings of your posts to get in those important keywords.
  • Tag filtered blog page. Tags for your blog post are now clickable and take you to any posts where you’ve used the same tag.
  • More options for tags. You’ll get a full overview of all the tags you’ve used for each post.
  • Threaded comments with Disqus. Leave threaded responses on your blog and get involved in the conversation.
  • Preview image and summary. Once you upload and set a custom post preview image and summary, this will then show up on your blog page (instead of using a default image taken from your post).
  • Automatic comments and share buttons for all posts. Automatically activate the comments or share buttons for all your posts.
  • Post management menu. You will now be able to quickly edit your blog post title and date in the Posts section.
  • Automatic blog page. All your blog posts will be neatly displayed on your automatic blog page with an excerpt of your post and the preview image you selected.

 


We hope you like the new features! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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6 Ways to Save When Starting Your Small Business

For many potential entrepreneurs eager to start their own business, there are usually at least three reasons they cannot possibly do so right now. And at the top of that list is often the perceived cost of starting that new business—which they can’t possibly afford.

 

While it’s certainly true that every new business comes with some level of expenses, you don’t actually need a million dollars from the friendly neighborhood venture capitalist to build your own business. According to a survey by global freelancing platform, PeoplePerHour, 80% of entrepreneurs surveyed started their business with less than £4,000 ($5,200).

 

A very important step when drafting your list of startup costs is determining which items are necessary parts of your fledgling company—and which you can do without. By starting small and thinking outside the box, a savings-savvy entrepreneur can make his or her dream business an affordable reality.


1. Skip the Traditional Office

Fortunately for many just starting out, one of the most expensive items on the list of business needs is also one of the most flexible: office space. Before you run out and spend $30 a square foot or more on commercial office space, you should consider if you really need it at all.

 

Regardless of any fanciful dreams of a penthouse suite in the posh business district, the truth is your average new business simply may not benefit from renting a large space. Depending on the size and nature of your new venture, it can likely be run out of your home for at least the first few months, if not significantly longer.

 

Additionally, with a wide variety of ways to communicate and share files remotely, you may even be able to forgo the pricey rented offices indefinitely. A recent Gallup survey shows approximately 43% of U.S. workers spent at least some portion of their time working remotely, and the trend is gaining traction around the globe.

 

Of course, the solitary life isn’t right for everyone. If you’re tired of staring at your own four walls, give a shared or temporary office a try. Sites like LiquidSpace and ShareDesk can help you find a new workspace to kick your creative juices into action.

2. Go Developer-Less

In today’s modern click-click-buy world, your business is hardly a business if it doesn’t have a web presence. That’s particularly true for your brand-new business, which lacks an established customer or client base.

 

Before blanching at the idea of potentially spending hundreds for a developer to put together your page—there’s a platform for that. Jimdo users can choose from dozens of clean, professional templates to build a complete website from start to finish, including incorporating a blog and creating an online store, without ever touching a single line of code.

 

What’s more, Jimdo’s free package includes everything you need to build a clean, professional-looking website, with the chance to upgrade and add your own professional domain. In fact, Jimdo’s been named the best free website builder platform due to its easy interface that welcomes non-programmer business owners.

3. Wear Many Hats

Another important part of evaluating your real business needs is to take a hard look at potential employees. Although the goal may be to become a 30-store chain or million-unit sales success, you aren’t going to need a full staff of 100 employees to start; in fact, you may need to start with, well, none.

 

Not only do employees come with wages, but, in many countries, they also come with taxes, insurance, and a huge variety of other costs, which can quickly add up to a very pricey professional. Instead, handle what you can yourself while you’re starting out. This can include engaging in some sweat equity as your own flyer distributor, or DIY by building your own light box for killer product photos.

 

In the case you absolutely can’t handle something yourself—such as designing an eye-catching brand logo for your new company—you should contract instead of hire on. Freelancers and other contractors provide all the benefits of experienced professionals, without the added fees associated with a permanent employee.

4. Find Rewards Where You Can

 While saving on the big-ticket items is good, a lot of small savings can also add up over time, so look for them where you can. Some methods, like using an Office Depot promo code to save on paper and ink, will require regular effort, but the era of digital coupons and sales flyers has made the process easier.

 

For those who want a more set-it-and-forget-it method of savings, think about joining the brand loyalty programs likely offered by many of your most-shopped stores. And if you need to travel frequently for your new business, don’t forget to join the rewards program of your favorite airline or hotel brand.

 

Another simple way to save without a lot of extra effort is through a solid credit card rewards program. Some of the best cash back credit cards give up to 5% back on your qualifying purchases, meaning you can save big on many of the things you’re buying anyway. Of course, be sure to pay your bill in full every month to avoid accumulating debt and paying interest on your purchases. If your balances rolls over from month to month, the interest charges can outweigh the cash-back rewards earned.

5. If You Tweet It, They Will Come

Although we all know marketing is important, many new business owners may not be sure how to go about it. Do you put up a billboard and some neon lights? Take out an ad in a local publication? Spend thousands on a television commercial?

 

None of the above. For the typical small business, one of the best ways to get the word out is via the web; in particular, the new standard for basic marketing is social media. Whether sharing photos of the latest products through Instagram or tweeting about the best dessert in town, millions of consumers are on social media—and you should be, too.

 

The best part? Just about anyone can create and execute an effective social media strategy for their business with a little research and planning. Building and maintaining a social media presence is especially easy for Jimdo users, who can quickly share new posts across different social media platforms. 

6. Trade Up—Or At Least Laterally

Another trick to making your new venture a little more affordable is to go old school—really old school. That’s right: bartering. Once the cornerstone of the human economy, bartering is less common in our industrialized world, but may still be a great way to get a product or service you otherwise couldn’t afford.

 

For example, you may need a professionally-designed product brochure, and your friend the designer may need a few hours of your personal fitness coaching—or even just a good babysitter. Trading on your personal skills, even those that may not be directly related to your new venture, may not only get you the goods, but also help build a good personal or professional relationship.

 

In addition, try putting some of your old or unused stuff to use by swapping it for something your business actually needs by checking the local paper or websites like Craigslist. You may even be able to upcycle what you need through sites like Freecycle, where people give away things for free in hopes someone else can reuse it in a productive way.

Don’t Let Your Budget Stall Your Dreams

Starting something new can be scary, but it can also be thrilling. And starting your own business could change your life for the better—so don’t allow the perceived costs get in the way of your dreams.

 

Despite popular lore, you don’t need to be rich to be your own boss. With the right research and planning, just about any intrepid entrepreneur can find ways to save on their new business, turning an expensive dream into the affordable adventure of a lifetime!


Ashley Dull is the Finance Editor at Digital Brands, Inc., where she oversees content published on CardRates.com and BadCredit.org. Ashley works closely with experts and industry leaders in every sector of finance to develop authoritative guides, news, and advice articles with regards to audience interest.


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Spring Cleaning Ideas to Make Your Website and Spirit Shine

Ah, May, The flowers are coming up, the snow has melted, and the spring issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine arrives in my mailbox. Not surprisingly, Martha has a lot of projects in mind for spring cleaning—washing pillows, scrubbing windows, cleaning gutters...all of which I’m sure she does herself, right?

 

 But there’s actually an emotional benefit to all that hard work. A little spring cleaning can improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your creativity. It’s not just that we spring clean because things are dirty. It’s because the act of doing so actually makes us feel better.

 

Now that your hygge-full winter hibernation is over, take a few minutes to straighten up your workspace and your website with these ideas. You may find that it clears your mind and gets you ready to achieve your next big thing.

 

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Clean off your desk—and get a plant

Piles of paper don’t just increase stress—they can actually make you feel as though your work is endless, because even though you’ve finished what you’re working on, it still looks like there’s tons more to be done.

But don’t assume that a “clean” desk has to be completely bare. Researchers have actually found that the trend towards spartan or lean office spaces makes people miserable. Piles of paper and dirty plates aren’t helpful, but pictures, souvenirs, and greenery can make you perform better. Just having a houseplant in your line of sight increases someone’s productivity and memory, they found.

Delete outdated info on your website

It’s the website equivalent of cleaning out your junk drawer. Outdated, irrelevant information is one of consumers’ biggest pet peeves when it comes to business websites. And we’re all guilty of it. You update a web page with news that’s “coming soon” and then weeks later forget that it’s there. To your customers, it looks like you think January 2017 is just around the corner—and that’s not the best way to come across as the on-the-ball entrepreneur you are.

So take a few minutes to review your pages:

  • Is your contact information still current? Are you directing people to a voicemail or email inbox that’s full?
  • Are you displaying a social media feed for an account you’re no longer updating?
  • Are you promoting events that have already happened, products you don’t sell anymore, news that’s stale, or classes from February? Delete, delete, delete!
  • Are you making references to things you’re going to do in the future….but those things have already come and gone?

Hint: If you decide to delete or hide an old page, check your statistics first to see if it gets a lot of traffic. It might be a good idea to set up a URL redirect to more current info so people visiting the old page don’t get a 404 error message.

Add some fresh content

When you clear away the old, it’s probably time to write something new, too. For many of us, we write our “About” page once and then forget all about it. But maybe you’ve accomplished something new, added a new skill, or started a project.

 

As an added bonus, adding fresh content will also encourage search engine crawlers to visit your site more often and improve your search engine ranking.

Check how your website looks on a mobile phone

If you usually edit your website on your computer, you probably don’t actually see it very often on a mobile phone or tablet. This means you might be missing some small design fixes that could make life for your mobile visitors much easier.

 

You can even check your mobile website right from your desktop when you’re in “View Mode.” Just click on the small mobile or tablet screens in the top right corner to switch between desktop, mobile, and tablet views.

 

What are you likely to find? You might see that your font is a bit too small to be comfortable on a small screen, or that your pages have so much content that a mobile user has to scroll...and scroll….and scroll to get to the good stuff. Or you might find that your links are a little too close together for someone with “ample” thumbs to press comfortably. We have more design tips here to help make sure your mobile website is looking its best.

Clean your keyboard and phone (seriously)

If you had to guess what the dirtiest part of your house is, you might look towards the bathroom or the kitchen. But look right in front of you instead. Your keyboard, phone, mouse, and trackpad are some of the dirtiest items you come across every day, mostly because you’re constantly touching them—and you probably clean them less often than your bathroom. The average person touches their face 15 times per hour  and touches their phone 9 times per hour and, well, you get the idea.

 

You can go all-in and follow this tutorial for removing your keys and giving each one a thorough cleaning (warning, there will be q-tips involved). If you don’t have time for that, just keep a pack of keyboard cleaning wipes or even disinfectant wipes nearby and give your keys an occasional once-over.

Finally set up your custom email address

This may be one of those things you’ve just been putting off. If you’re like me, choosing and successfully setting up a domain felt like such an accomplishment that you completely forgot about the email address that’s included. (This is the email account that matches your domain name, like contact@mydomain.com).

 

Or maybe you skipped the email address because you didn’t want yet another account to keep track of, with another password, login, and messages to answer.

 

But that custom email address can go a long way towards making your website look more professional (especially if you’re currently directing customers to a personal email address or, worse, the “sharkninja27@hotmail.com” email address you’ve been using since high school.)

 

Fortunately, it’s really easy to create your custom account and then set up email forwarding so that any messages from your website’s email account can go straight to the inbox of your choice (for example, the one you actually check regularly).

 

If you’re not sure where to start, we actually have a new email helper in our Support Center that can help you choose the method that’s right for you.


Any other spring cleaning tips that make you feel ready to tackle your next project? Let us know in the comments.

Maggie Biroscak

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