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Mon, Jul 30, 2018 10:01 PM

Why Should I Change to Homestead WebsiteBuilder?

Why Should I Change to Homestead WebsiteBuilder?

If you weren't already aware, Homestead has a new editor, Homestead Website Builder!

The newest editor has some great features that our customers have been requesting for some time. We strongly encourage all customers still using Sitebuilder desktop or Sitebuilder Plus(online) to create a new site from your websites manager page and take a look. This process will not interfere with your current site so there is not need to rush it. Just select any template you like and get started. Utilizing WebsiteBuilder is a way to modernize your website and keep it competitive with others in your industry. It will provide many benefits all around, below is a list of just some of the new features you can use on your site. 

  • Amazing new templates that are more modern in design. Providing your viewer with aesthetically pleasing content to browse. 

  • WebsiteBuilder is responsive. Meaning, no mater what size monitor or screen someone views your site on, the content and page will conform to fit their screen. Whether they use a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet they get the best experience on your site.
     
  • Automatically creates a mobile friendly site, complete with a built in mobile site editor. A large number people are browsing the internet from a mobile device. Recent studies show about 56% of online activity was recorded form a mobile device. So, not having a mobile friendly version of your site may cause you to miss out on all those potential customers.

  • Modern and updated photo gallery, with many available options including transitions for a slideshow effect. Hundreds of thousands professional stock images to browse through and utilize. 

  • A huge feature our customers were requesting, Drop down menus! Allows you to create sub pages under one parent page or category.

  • Save history at your fingertips-no need to call Homestead to revert to any save point in your site history. 

  • Optional: ecommerce upgrade ($9.99). New and improved, which makes it easy to add products and sell through our online shopping cart. 
    Check out an example store herehttps://www.homesteadcommunitytest.com/store

  • Free and automatic SSL or security layer for your site. This is displayed as the padlock in the top address bar.   It ensures the visitor to your site that you have a safe and secure website. Giving them peace of mind that any personal information or online payments will not be compromised or used maliciously. As security is becoming more of a requirement by google and other search engines this feature is essential!
     
  • Faster load time for bigger websites with cloud-based servers. 

Take some time to explore these features in action! Look at these two sites on a computer and on a mobile device to see the differences. The first site uses Sitebuilder Plus and the second is using WebsiteBuilder. 

http://homesteadsitebuilderplus.homestead.com/

 https://homesteadwebsitebuilder.homesteadcloud.com/
 

Give it a try! Create a new site today and enjoy all the new features!

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140 Points

9 months ago

I CAN'T FIND IT.... WHERE IS THIS NEW SITE-BUILDER????????
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Hello Mark,

To get access to the new builder, you will first need to add a new site to your account. This new site will be placed in the new WebsiteBuilder software. All the website builder sites will have the .homesteadcloud.com extension, this is how you can differentiate which sites are in the new builder. 

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174 Points

9 months ago

I'm sure the new site builder is great but I have a large website that I spent a LOT of time making and I have zero desire to do it over.  I don't have TIME to do it all over even if I wanted to.  Does this mean my site will become obsolete after I have spent all that money over the years?  Why couldn't the new sitebuilder have been made so you could import the old site? I already had to do it over once when I moved to Homestead.

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9 months ago

Hi Jamie,
I felt exactly the same as you do. I grumbled and swore when I realised I had to leave my old site builder and use Web Builder. I have to say it was one of the best things I ever did. My website looks fantastic. www.kwaya.org It now feels like I have entered the 21st century.It didn't take that much time to change. I kept my sitebuilder site active whilst I built the new one. You can take however long you want. I could copy and paste any text from my old site to my new site. It was a good opportunity to really go over what I wanted to keep and throw out. Once you have your new site ready you just point your domain name to the new site. I found it simple.Web Builder is very intuitive and I was thrilled that my audience could now view my site in a more professional format on mobile phones. Site Builder looked awful when viewed on mobile phones.Anyway, I urge you to give it a go. Once done I think you will be thrilled with the result. If you do, I'd love to hear how it turns out.
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9 months ago

Hello Jamie,

Your current site will remain up and running and will still be supported, however, it does not have a mobile friendly aspect and you are missing out on other benefits of the new builder. I definitely understand this may take some time as there is always a learning curve when using new software. However, as Marsha mentioned, you can copy and paste the text which makes moving that content over easier and we have created helpful support videos to help get you familiar with the new builder. https://www.youtube.com/user/homesteadwebsites Unfortunately, the two software are completely separate and does not have the ability move content over with a click of a button so it will require some foot work. We are also here to help assist and answer any questions you may have while moving over. 

Homestead is running a promotion currently that offers a carbon copy or replication of your current website into the new builder. What this entails is us moving your current content from the old software to the new builder exactly as is. The pricing is currently $150 per every 5 pages. We can either get the first 5 pages moved over to get you started and you can continue from there or if you would like us to move more that 5 pages we can do that also. If you are interested in this replication offer, which will save you a lot of time, we can get you signed up and start the process which will take 3-5 business days to complete. Please let me know if you are interested in this service. If not we can definitely help you with any questions you may have during the rebuild. 

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1.6K Points

9 months ago

It says here, "Free and automatic SSL or security layer for your site." Well, this is not working and I am using Websitebuilder but it still shows up not secure... What am I doing wrong.
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I provisioned the SSL for this domain. It will begin to show secured shortly. 

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Thanks for the help Michelle, much appreciated. Is that something I should know how to do myself? Was it something I missed?
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No problem. Here are the instructions to apply the SSL if you do not see it apply automatically. https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/websitebuilder-ssl-cnvdqnt2aqgpr

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Thanks again... Listing to Heart's - "Barracuda" is helping me deal with the stress.. ;-)
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No problem and awesome song!

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120 Points

2 months ago

How do we transfer our current domain name to the new website built through Homestead Website Builder? 

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Hello,

To connect the domain to the new website you built go to the domain and select change site association. Then connect the domain to the new site name. Here are instructions on doing so. https://community.homestead.com/conversations/account-billing/how-can-i-switch-my-domain-to-a-new-site-i-built/5f2a9a84581809588449007a