Jigsy gives users another way to build effective websites. The application includes a number of helpful tools that can make building and managing a site much easier. Users can set up a blog that includes a tag system, categories and multi-level spam control. Jigsy provides users with more than 30 components that allows them to customize their newly created websites with items like blogs, image galleries, email forms, Paypal tools, Google Maps, RSS feeds and eBay tools. Jigsy includes an easy to use built in image uploader so users can organize pictures and display them through their website. Jigsy also works with Flickr. The user only has to provide their Flickr login details to begin accessing images from their account. Users who have a domain name can also host their website through Jigsy. The site supports eBay selling as well. Users can add a donation button or eBay store button to their Jigsy page. Jigsy includes a collection of valuable statistics features so users can not only create a site, but monitor its popularity and progress.
Jigsy was founded as Viviti in May of 2007 in Parksville, Canada. The concept was built around the idea that user would find more utility in editing a website as they saw it, rather than through a content management system. Development and planning took approximately one year before Viviti was launched into beta. It began serving customers three months later. Viviti.com was rebranded as Jigsy.com in March 2011.
Jigsy provides users with many valuable tools that make it easier to build a customized, effective website. Jigsy includes any convenient features, including Flickr integration and eBay tools. Users can add their eBay listings or donation requests to their Jigsy page and accept payments through Paypal.
The Jigsy website invites users with a purple and blue color scheme. The homepage includes a short video, and the stylish Jigsy logo that includes blue text and a purple jigsaw puzzle piece. The actual tools utilize vibrant colors and good organization to allow users to easily navigate from one item to the next. The look of the user’s website depends entirely on how they customize and layout each page.
Visitors can begin creating their own website by clicking either the purple “Log In” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage or the blue “Build Your Site Now” button near the center of the page. Doing so takes the user to the registration form, which asks for an email address, desired Jigsy URL, password and successful Captcha code entry. The user is also asked to choose their site’s category and subcategory using the drop down boxes provided. A note at the bottom of the form advises the user that by submitting their information they are automatically agreeing to the Jigsy terms of service.
Jigsy gives all users a 15 day free trial. After the trial is up, the user must choose from one of four membership plans. The first is a free membership which allows one website, up to 5 MBs of storage space, unlimited bandwidth and up to five pages. Next the user can choose the cheapest paid plan which includes up to 1 GB of storage space, unlimited pages, domain mapping, password protection, stock photos library access, premium support and no advertisements for around $10 per month. The mid-range plan includes up to three pages, 3 GBs of storage space, and $25 in Facebook ad credit for around $20 per month. The most expensive plan includes up to five websites and 5 GBs of storage space for around $30 per month.
Jigsy provides users with many easy to use tools as well as four pricing plans that work with most budgets. The application is ideal for anyone who needs to build a website on a budget. The eBay and Paypal features give the user more options than they might get from other similar applications.