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The Parts of a Jimdo Site

Every Jimdo website is different, but underneath the surface they are all made of the same parts. These are arranged in different ways, depending on the template you pick. 


There are five parts you should get to know before you start your site: your HeaderNavigationContent AreaSidebar, and Footer. Once you have an idea of what each part does and what it looks like, you'll be building your site in no time. 


Header & Logo Area

The Header appears at the top of your site. This is typically where you would put your logo and website name. Some templates have large, central header areas, while others have smaller ones over to the side. Keep in mind that your Header will appear the same on every page of your website. See below for a side-by-side comparison of these parts in two different templates. 


If you don't have a logo yet, just leave the logo area blank. Read more about setting up your logo and header text


Havana template header
Havana template with its central header highlighted in red.
St. Petersburg template header
St. Petersburg template with left-aligned header highlighted in red.


Your Navigation is the menu that directs people to different pages of your site. Some people also refer to this as their menu bar. Jimdo navigation bars come in different styles: breadcrumb, drop-down, slide-in, and normal. (You can see which template has which navigation bar in our Template Filter). They can also be hortizontal or vertical. The navigation you choose will depend on the amount of content you have, the number of web pages you need, and your design preference. Read more about the different types of navigation menus here


Havana template navigation
The Havana template has a vertical navigation.
St. Petersburg template navigation
St. Petersburg template has a hortizontal navigation.

Content Area

The Content Area is the “body” of your website, and the place where you will add most of your elements, like text and photos. Each page of your website can have a different Content Area, making it one of the most flexible parts of your site.


Havana template content area
The Havana template's content area.
St. Petersburg template content area
The St. Petersburg template's content area.


The Sidebar is your secondary content area, usually a narrow strip on the side of your web page where you can add additional elements. The sidebar will show up exactly the same on every page of your site. It’s typically where people put contact information, social media links—anything important enough to show up on each page. Depending on the template, your sidebar can be on the left, right, or even on the bottom (meaning that “sidebar” is sometimes a misnomer…it can be a “bottom bar” too). 


Havana template sidebar
The Havana template's "sidebar" is actually at the bottom.
St. Petersburg template sidebar
The St. Petersburg template has a sidebar on the left side.


The footer is a small strip at the very bottom of your website. If you have a JimdoFree site, you'll see the small Jimdo ad here. By default there are other links in the footer, like About and Login. You can hide these by doing the following:

  • Hide your login link by going to Settings > Website > Hide Login. Once you hide this link, you can still log in to your website by appending “/login” to your website address (e.g. 
  • Hide other footer links by going to Settings > Website > Edit Footer.
  • If you have an online store, you may have other links that you can hide by going to Settings > Store > Settings.

Got it? Great! Now you're ready to move on to Choosing a Template for Your Website. 


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