Can I secure my Homestead Website with HTTPS?

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If you have a Simplestore using Sitebuilder Plus, read this topic before proceeding.

Important: When we update the nameservers, it is possible to see some interruption with the website and email as the settings propagate. This is to be expected, but if it has been more than 24 hours, please contact support and we can assist.

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This topic addresses displaying a "secure" rating in the address bar. Currently your site shows an information icon to the left of your URL. If you click it, the message will say the site is not secure.


If you have a contact form this is important. As soon as you begin filling in a field in the form, the browser will display a more obvious message in the address bar.


To secure your site you will need to update your nameservers using Cloudflare. Below are detailed instructions on correctly configuring this so your website will be secure and your customers will feel more confident providing you their contact information.

1) Go to http://www.cloudflare.com and click on the sign up link.


2) Please enter your email address and password you wish to use for your Cloudflare account. If possible, please do not use an email address connected to your domain.
We strongly recommend you read the term and conditions. To continue you must agree to the terms and conditions by checking the box. If you agree, click on create account.


3) Enter your domain name and click on Add site


4) When the scan is complete, click next.

5) Select the FREE plan and click Confirm Plan.


6) Compare the DNS records Cloudflare scanned to your existing DNS records. They should match. If they do, click Continue.


If they don't, you can click on the name or value inside of Cloudflare that is incorrect and edit it. If you need help viewing your current DNS records, please see our topic, How can I view and edit my DNS records using Homestead nameservers.



NOTE: Please make sure to verify that the MX record has been added inside of CloudFlare's DNS settings. If you do not see a record with MX next to it, then we will need to add the MX record.


Click MX in the drop down, then click Name and type @, then Click to configure just right of that box. It will open a new window, please confirm your MX record.
If you are using email with Homestead, for server you will add mx.YOURDOMAIN.com, and for Priority you can put 10. Click save, then click Add Record.


7) Cloudflare will now provide you the new nameservers for your domain. If you do not see your nameservers, proceed to the DNS page inside of Cloudflare, and scroll down until you see Cloudflare Nameservers.

Important: When we update the nameservers, it is possible to see some interruption with the website and email as the settings propogate. This is to be expected, but if it has been more than 24 hours, please contact support and we can assist.



8) Log into your Homestead account and click the domains tab on the left. Under the domain you are working on, click Edit your nameservers. You will need to click delete next to ns3.mdnsservice.com and then change the other 2 nameservers to the ones provided by Cloudflare. You can't change and delete in the same step, so you will need to click edit twice.


9) Return to Cloudflare and click Continue.


10) The first part is now completed. Now, please review the Domain Summary and confirm that the SSL shows Flexible. If it does not, click the SSL option, and select Flexible.
(Note: you can also click Crypto at the top, then select Flexible with the drop-down menu on the right. This should save automatically after you select Flexible)


11) Over the next 24 hours, periodically visit https://www.yourdomain.com. When you see your site load with HTTPS, please proceed to the next step.


NOTE: Do not proceed to the next step until you can view your website when using HTTPS (https://www.yourdomain.com) When you see your site load with HTTPS, continue to step #12.

12) Click on the Crypto button at the top.


13) In the top section you should now see the status as Active Certificate. On the right side of that section, make sure it shows flexible. You now need to tell all http requests to forward to https. Scroll to the middle of this long page and look for the section entitled "Always use HTTPS" Turn it on. Also scroll to the bottom and find "Automatic HTTPS Rewrites" Turn it on


In a few minutes your all requests to you site will show secure.


Note: This solution is for Websitebuilder and Sitebuilder Plus sites only.
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I have a Sitebuilder Plus website and was dreading going through this process. I just did it in about 15 minutes and my https changed over immediately! I didn't even have to wait 24 hours. Thank you, Homestead crew, this was easy.
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I am very happy to hear that, and that your site was up much sooner than anticipated!
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Can anyone helpl?  I have done all with the Cloudflare and everything is great except...I can't find the 1 or more things that aren't HTTPS on my site!?  I sware I have gone over the page.  I wonder if there is a site or easy way to find out why my site isn't saying full HTTPS...it tells the viewer that portions of my site may be hazardous ;(    WestHollywoodLimousine.com now under partial https... any comment would be greatly appreciated.   Google and Firefox still say my site isn't safe.  Now, Duda isn't even directing to my mobile site!?   I thought Homestead and Duda worked together.  This certainly isn't seamless.   

After reading comments, I deleted the FB button & YouTube button.  Not much left!? ;)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Changing HTTP to HTTPS - Never received any notifications/ guidance from Homeste....

Changing our sites from HTTP to HTTPS - per Google's mandatory requirement.  How is Homestead handling this for their website Clients? I never received any email  guidance from Homestead on this important issue -- and I believe that Google's  deadline for this was July 1, 2018.
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Michele R.4628, you may use this procedure to provide the necessary security.
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I am reading the help.  I have gotten through Step 10, but I can't see https for my site.  I see a reference to a "flash element" but I don't know where that is to remove it.  I did remove links we had to a non-secure site.  Any other suggestions for me?  Thanks.
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Which domain did you setup?
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rosemountarts.com
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Did you do just the .com so far? Have you continued on to the steps, 11 to the end?
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I just did the .com.  I got through Step 10, But Step 11 says to look for your https site - I have been looking for https://rosemountarts.com/ and I can't find it, so I have not proceeded on.....  I did look at Cloudflare under Crypto in Step 12, but it says
"Universal SSL Status Authorizing Certificate" and so the status is not showing as active.  SO what do I do next?  Thanks for the help.
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Did you select the flexible SSL option? It should be working by now. Does it still show authorizing?
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Yes, I chose Flexible SSL. It still shows authorizing, and I get nothing when I try to find https://rosemountarts.com.   Attached are screen shots of what it says on Cloudflare.....
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You may want to inquire through your Cloudflare account. It should have been completed by now.
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I did ask Cloudflare, and something did change, and it now is working.  So I was able to do the remaining steps... and we are good to go.  Thank you so much for your help!
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Excellent. Did they happen to tell you what it was? I have not seen that issue. Usually it completes by itself in the expected time.
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I have links on my main site (hosted by homestead) to my bigcommerce store. How can I secure both sites?? I have tried the method listed here but my store links become 404 so I changed it back to the original nameservers. 

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Hello Danni2136

I see you called in about this. Do you still need assistance?
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yes, I still need assistance. If it's available here as a step by step guide that would be great. 
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So what site and what links are you referring to?
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majesticventcovers.com is my main site and I have several outgoing links to bigcommerce. 
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Hello. Just trying to get some help on this. Still waiting. Thanks. 
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I would recommend doing this process for your Homestead site, and using BigCommerce SSL option for your store.


https://support.bigcommerce.com/articles/Public/BigCommerce-SSL-Certificate/?q=SSl&l=en_US&fs=Search&pn=1
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I apologize for the wait, by the way. We have had a lot of traffic on this topic and I didn't see your comment.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled HTTP to HTTPS - How is Homestead Assisting All Website Clients with implementing ....

How is Homestead assisting their Homestead website Clients, so that we are not penalized by Google -- regarding the July 2018 change from HTTP to HTTPS? Clear guidance, from Homestead, is needed, in how to go from HTTP to HTTPS.
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Hello Michele R.4628
Here are the instructions for getting your Sitebuilder site secure with HTTPS. Any of the newer Website Builder sites can also follow these instructions, but they will also soon have an auto SSL through Homestead.
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This all can't be serious.  Go here, sign up, do this, go there change this, change that, AND pay $20/month because I have more than one site?  Why isn't this just handled at the Homestead end, doesn't all my stuff just sit on their servers?  This smells like a way to avoid work and increase revenue for someone else, then get a kickback?
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Hello Stephen6243
If you are using Sitebuilder Desktop, SSL is not an option. It is not compatible at all. If you are using Sitebuilder Plus, the software is too old to integrate SSLs on our end, so Cloudflare will be the only option. For our newest builder, Website Builder, we will eventually have free SSLs that are put on sites automatically. Cloudflare is just the answer for now, until we get that feature integrated and launched. It just depends on which builder you are on.
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I am so sorry, it said that right in the message.  So . . . if i ditch the desktop sitebuilder, (which I'm not at all happy with having to use a web version, it seems slow and clumsy,) and re-save everything in the new format, I don't need to do anything other than that?
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I apologize, but no. You would still need to follow the instructions in this article, but you do need to switch to Sitebuilder Plus to be able to use this service. If you follow the instructions in this post, it should be free. We are not looking for a kickback from anything, just want your customers to feel safe and we don't want your rankings to drop because your site isn't secure. If you have a bunch of domains and it is telling you to upgrade to a paid account to add more, I might suggest just creating another Cloudflare account.
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This seems very involved, especially since I host a number of domain names.  I would have thought something like this could be handled globally for all sites you physically host.
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It is being handled by us for the websites on Website Builder, which is the newer builder we offer and the only program that is compatible with SSL integration. We looked into SSL being automatically added for Sitebuilder Desktop and Sitebuilder Plus customers and is just wasn't possible. The software is too outdated. So we did the best we could to offer a solution for the customer who have not been willing to switch to Website Builder, by giving you information on a 3rd party program you can use instead.
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I have created a cloudfare account and reviewed my DNS query results and received 2 warnings. 

One reads: "An MX record was not found for your root domain. An MX record is required for mail to reach @longrangellc.com addresses"

The second reads: "An A, AAAA, CNAME, or MX record is pointed to your origin server exposing your origin IP address."

Please advise as to what I should do?
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Boy are you asking the wrong guy.  :)
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Hello Neil7148
Since your domain is not registered through Homestead, but pointing to us, it is possible the Cloudflare system is having a hard time deciphering which DNS is should use. For reference, please make sure the DNS on your domain is set to the following:

**Note for anyone else seeing this comment. THIS DNS WILL ONLY WORK IF YOU ARE USING WEBSITE BUILDER**
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Thanks for your response Elyzabeth. Can you elaborate a little more on how to "make sure the DNS on your domain is set to the following:"

I am unsure how set any of this...
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Follow the instructions from step 6, that is what this is referring to. Edit the DNS in the Cloudflare account to match what I posted above.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled wearelistening@homestead.com.

Received email from wearelistening@homestead.com suggesting of getting a Free SSL. It looks like spam but wanted to make sure it is a valid advertising. Thank you very much.
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Hello Juan6567
This email is valid. It is referring to this article with instructions to set up an SSL through Cloudflare.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I'm trying to change the nameservers for my domain but the option doesn't appear ....

I'm trying to use the free Cloudflare service to change my domain to https:// and the option for changing nameservers does not show up as a link on the manage domain page of your website when I log in
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Hey there Kevin8689!
This is because your domain is not registered through Homestead. You would need to go to the company you register your domain through to complete that step.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled HTTP (not HTTPS) Links.

Now that I'm converting my websites to be 'Secure', do I need to change the zillions of HTTP (not HTTPS) links I have?
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Hello bookministry

Yes, if you have links you have manually put on your site that link to your domain, you would need to update those to reflect the HTTPS security.

Technically the links will still work, it just won't reflect the SSL.
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I'm trying to say that I have links to OTHER domains that aren't HTTPS - here's an example: on my website, I offer this link: http://d1kefhswa49zcj.cloudfront.net/assemblies/12-18-16+sunday.mp3 / which is NOT HTTPS - so - will I need to go to all these sources, change them to HTTPS and then add the 'S' to my link - or will all be OK to leave alone?
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Oh! No, if the sites you are linking to don't have HTTPS, you don't need to update them.
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:) - now ... was that so hard? Thanks for your help - I have several sites with all these links - and very concerned the work ahead of me would be so formidable. Thanks for your help. I'm really glad Homestead sent that notice about the "Not Secure" tab on my websites. I was getting concerned people wouldn't want to visit them.
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No, not hard at all! Sorry for the misunderstanding with my first answer. I'm glad you don't have to go update a zillion links, that sounds like it would take forever!And yes, we definitely wanted to get connected to our Homesteaders regarding this. We want your customers to feel safe and don't want your ranking to be affected by something that can be fixed!
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I've been on sitebuilder since 2004. I got the email today and if I am reading it correctly, if I create  new site using website builder I will not have to go through cloudfare. Correct? Thank you

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled DNS changes for cloudflare.

I am trying to change my dns as per your instructions in the email for cloudflare.com. The screen for changing my dns does not look like the example. Then want me to change them to:
lia.ns.cloudflare.com
ray.ns.cloudflare.com

but it keeps telling me to put in an ip address.
Where can I make these changes?
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Hi Wendel4259

This is because your domain is not registered through Homestead. You would need to go to the company you register your domain through to complete that step
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do give my website a secure rating.

I would like my website to have a "secure" rating, because I have contact forms displayed on a couple of pages. How best should I do that? Thank you.
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Hello Paulette5674
This article has the instructions to get HTTPS set up through Cloudflare.

If you were to rebuild your site in our newest builder, Website Builder, we will be offering an automatic SSL for free through that system very soon!
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Elyzabeth - Will Homestead be sending out an email to everyone that lets us know when the new Website Builder will be available for us to rebuild our sites to include SSL.
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The Website Builder is available now, I would recommend starting to build the site as soon as you are able to. The SSL will automatically apply and we will definitely notify everyone of this change. It is expected to happen very soon.
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I'm not exactly sure how to get started. Once logged in under Websites Manager I can edit  or add a new website. Can you all send out instructions on how to rebuild a site. I don't know where to start.
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Log into your account and click on to Websites Manager and on the right side near the top you will see "Add a Website".  You will name the "new" website something similar to your current domain name, but it will have the end saying ".homesteadcloud.com"  then you choose your design and start building! en when you are all done, you will go through the Domains tab and direct your domain name to be "associated" with the new site
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If you have any questions about how to use the website builder, here is a link to a Youtube channel with a few tutorials:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xbyEqz51Npif-TdHSokhw/videos
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That youtube link does not work. Anyway. I already had website builder so in order to make it secure I still have to rebuild the site under a different name? using the .homesteadcloud.com in url. And then go to domains tab and redirect? Then when i edit my site in the future I will have to edit the site with the .homesteadcloud.com  I still think homestead should send out step by step instructions to everyone. It's all very confusing.
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I would try again with the Youtube link. I tried it on my computer and on my phone and it worked both times.

I took a look at your account, and unless you have another account, I am not seeing any Website Builder sites (.homesteadcloud.com) I'm just seeing Sitebuilder sites. So if you eventually want the free automatic SSLs we will be providing with that builder, you would need to create one of those sites. For instructions for creating a new site, visit this article.

After you are done building, you can associate a domain to it, which will take place of the site name. Here are the instructions.

Otherwise, you would use Cloudflare to get HTTPS capability on any of your sites that have a domain attached.
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You wrote: "You will name the "new" website something similar to your current domain name, but it will have the end saying ".homesteadcloud.com"  Why is the new name supposed to be something similar and not the same name? I don't understand.  If the website current name with Sitebuilder Plus is newhomeready.com then the new website builder name is not suppose to be newhomeready.homesteadcloud.com but needs to be "something similar" like newhomeready123.homesteadcloud.com ??? And then redirect the old newhomeready.com to newhomeready123.homesteadcloud.com  How do we get our old domain name to be secure without the homesteadcloud.com extension.

I know this must be frustrating for you to have to answer so many questions. It would be so much easier if there were complete guides with examples and even videos for each of us to follow depending on what we need to do. (If you are a Sitebuilder Plus customer and want to.... follow these instructions; If you are a desktop user follow these instructions...and so on)  I'm just trying to wait for the free SSL certificate with WebsiteBuilder . So I'm trying to begin rebuilding my sites on website builder but I'm stuck on the very first step of naming it something similar. I just don't get it. I need a little bit more explanation please. Thanks in advance.

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I've got one more question. I started the process with cloudshare this morning, but based on the fact that you all are going to offer SSL I'd like to delete my site from cloudshare. Can I do that without problems here? Meaning can I just hit "delete" on cloudshare?
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Have you already updated your nameservers to Cloudflare nameservers? If so, I would recommend resetting them back to our default nameservers first. After that, it should not matter if you delete the Cloudflare account.
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I checked in with them and the updates had not yet gone through, so I was fine to delete on cloudflare. Thank you
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Hi.

I just received a notice that I must get an SSL certificate, but I'm using the old desktop website builder:

"Enabling HTTPS on your site requires obtaining an SSL certificate. FREE SSL will NOT be available for websites still on the legacy Desktop Website Builder product."

This looks complicated (at least for me).  How long do I have to do this before the following happens:

"If you do not take any action here, the credibility and trust of your website may suffer and you might end up losing out on future visitors and customers."

Also, who is Cloudfire?

"Once you activate your site on Cloudfire by changing your nameservers (in the steps to follow) traffic to your site will be routed through our intelligent global network."

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.


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Hello R.9229,
It isn't a question I could answer about when your site will be affected. It could already be affected, or you could not see a difference yet. It is possible it is already affecting your site. I do recommend switching off of the legacy desktop program as soon as possible to be able to use this feature. Cloudflare is a 3rd party company that allows you to get an SSL through their service, since Sitebuilder is not compatible with us adding an SSL directly.
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Thank you for your reply, Elyzabeth. The problem is that I've tried using the online sitebuilder program, but it keeps freezing up. Perhaps that's because my computer is very old and I'm using Windows 7.  Not sure, but I love the desktop program which I've been using for 16-plus years.

Anyway, I guess my days are numbered and I'll have to upgrade.  I wish there had been more notice, or maybe there was and I haven't been paying attention.  But I just received the announcement yesterday.

What's the easiest and simplest way to go about all this?  Will Homestead be offering SSL in the near future and I can just forget about Cloudfire?  I'm painfully slow at technology.  In fact, I still haven't been able to back up my website or even my computer.  So this seem dreadfully complicated to me.

Thanks and all the best.
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I am on R.9229's team, though I can live with the web version, I'd prefer a desktop version.  I also would prefer a solution handled at your end, which is why most of us are using Homestead in the first place.  You guys just take care of all the complicated stuff and we make straight forward websites using a WYSIWYG tool.  If we were technologically savvy enough to have the vocabulary and skills to even know what all the "SSL" and other acronyms mean, we wouldn't be using Homestead.

We need "See Dick, See Jane, See the big red ball,"  click a few buttons, "Run Spot. Run."

I don't have the time or desire to become an expert in this.  :-)
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I'm not sure when you tried using the online version, but I know when it was first introduced, it had a lot of issues that needed to be fixed. The version available these days is definitely improved.

You mentioned that you love the desktop program and you have been using it for 16-plus years. I definitely understand that you are familiar with the program but website building, operating systems, computers and the internet in general has gone through tremendous changes in the past 16 years. Programs that are 16 years old are unfortunately not going to be competitive or compatible these days. We updated the software for as long as we could rationalize it, but eventually we had to move on to a better, more updated program. I do recommend upgrading. If you start using Sitebuilder Plus, Cloudflare (or companies like Cloudflare) is the only HTTPS solution we can offer. The software just can't support SSL through Homestead. It has to be done 3rd party. If you rebuild your site in our newest builder, Website Builder, will be offering free automatic SSL very soon.
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Hi Elyzabeth,  I re-read the original e-mail and it was VERY poorly crafted.  

Bad thing.
We have you covered.
Go here.
Do 12 step program.
Waste time
Wonder if I did it right
Worry.

THAT is why so many people are having trouble with this.  It DOES NOT SAY, 

Bad thing.
Open and resave your pages with web based SiteBuilder.
Problem solved.

Honestly, the *instant* I saw "create an account" I was annoyed and wanted out.

I asked this question earlier and the answer made me believe I couldn't do the above so I'll ask again . . .   

If I open a page using the web based sitebuilder, make a minor change to a page, and re-save, will this solve the problem of not being found or in compliance with Google or the page being "not secure?"

Thank you and sorry I'm so confused by all this . . .

steve
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Thank you, Elyzabeth.  I admit that I'm pretty out of touch with the latest technological advances.  That's by design.  ;o)

I can't possibly rebuild my website of 5,000 pages.  Too old for that. 

When I go online, what website builder comes up -- Sitebuilder Plus or Website Builder?  I'm confused.  What's the simplest and easiest solution for an old dog who can't learn new tricks?

Many thanks for your time and patience.

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I'm sorry, this does not sound like this happens automatically if you just re-save using the new sitebuilder.  It sounds more like this is mandatory if you want your site to not have a big red mark on it and scare people off. 

Dear Stephen,

Google Chrome has started marking any website that isn’t HTTPS as 'Not Secure'. This can make it seem like there’s something wrong with your website and can end up costing you visitors and customers.

Enabling HTTPS on your site requires obtaining an SSL certificate. We will be providing this for FREE to you.

If you don’t already have an SSL in place, you will need to update your nameservers using Cloudflare. Here are the steps to activate your FREE SSL:

1.  Visit http://cloudflare.com and create an account

2.  Enter your domain name and click on ‘Add Site’

3.  Complete the scan and select the ‘Free’ Cloudflare Plan

4.  Compare and update your existing DNS records

5.  Get new nameservers from Cloudflare and add these in your Homestead account

6.  Continue and complete the process in your Cloudflare account

Once done successfully, your site should start loading with ‘HTTPS’ in the next 24 hours.

For a more detailed guide with screenshots, please visit our Community Topic on HTTPS.

Please feel free to reach out to us on (800) 986-0958 if you need any help.
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Stephen6243

It doesn't say "Bad thing.Open and resave your pages with web based SiteBuilder. Problem solved." because that absolutely is not the case. As I mentioned in my reply to you when you asked, "So . . . if i ditch the desktop sitebuilder, (which I'm not at all happy with having to use a web version, it seems slow and clumsy,) and re-save everything in the new format, I don't need to do anything other than that?" 

"No. You would still need to follow the instructions in this article, but you do need to switch to Sitebuilder Plus to be able to use this service". So the switch to SB+ is the first step, then you still need to follow the instructions in this article if you want HTTPS capability. The email was not being misleading. It gave an overview of the steps you need to take with a link to this article with more in depth instructions. If you have a question about a particular step in here, I would be more than happy to help, but I am trying to be very clear that simply switching to Sitebuilder Plus is not a solution. It is the part of the solution.
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R.9229
Oh goodness, yes I did see you have thousands of pages on your site, so I understand why rebuilding isn't feasible. No matter your age, I don't blame you one bit. You will be using the online version of Sitebuilder Desktop, called Sitebuilder Plus. If you log in on homestead.com , go into Websites Manager, and click edit site, it will bring you into that. Now, with the amount of pages you have I have to warn you might have some loading issues, it is a lot of pages for the system to process. However you will be able to use the Cloudflare service and get your site secure by doing this. 
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R.9229

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Thank you very much, Elyzabeth. I did open up Sitebuilder Plus online and my pages loaded. I've tried this before, but it often gets stuck or stopped up for some reason or another.  (Maybe too many pages? Or my computer is too old?)

I seriously doubt my ability to go through the Cloudfire process to be honest. I'm very, very slow in the brain department. As mentioned, I still haven't been able to make a copy of my website even after years of trying and repeatedly asking questions here. I don't even know how to back up my computer files -- and I've been using computers since 1984 when the first 512K Apple Macintosh computer was launched. So I'm just weighing my options.

1) Do nothing and continue working on the desktop version and see what happens.

2) Try using Sitebuilder Plus, but also skip Cloudfire, and see what happens.

3) Start a new website on Website Builder -- a new program somewhere, I assume? -- with much fewer pages and let Homestead do the SSL thing.

4) Stop my website and do something else -- like write a book using old-fashioned ink and paper.

I'll keep reading the posts here on this subject and see how things unfold. I just don't think I can do Cloudfire.

Thanks for all you do -- and good luck!  :o)



 
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Hey R.9229
I would say any loading issues is directly related to the large amount of pages you have built, that must have taken a long time to create all of that!

You can stick with desktop builder, but I do have to recommend against it. It is no longer supported.
You can also use Sitebuilder Plus and not use Cloudflare, it is entirely your choice. We just sent the email out to let people know what is going on, so they can choose what would be best for them. Not to force anyone to do anything.

You are welcome to start building with Website Builder. It would be as easy as logging into homestead.com, click on Websites Manager, and click "Add New Website". Name it something and choose your design. All new sites for the past (almost) 2 years have been created on Website Builder.

You can try to replicate your website using old-fashion ink and paper...but your hand might cramp. 
One thing I might suggest, if you can, is to call in and speak to one of our Web Advisors. They can help walk you through and explain the steps you would need to take to get Cloudflare set up. If you choose to call, the number is 800-710-1998
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Dear Elyzabeth,

Thank you very much for your comments. Much appreciated.

You wrote: "I would say any loading issues is directly related to the large amount of pages you have built, that must have taken a long time to create all of that!"

That's the problem with Sitebuilder Plus. It's supposed to be an improvement to the desktop version, but for me it's anything but. It often takes forever to load, and sometimes it doesn't load at all. The desktop version works like a charm and I'm totally satisfied with its performance. All of these upgrades are just a disturbance me. Whoever created Sitebuilder desktop is a genius in my humble opinion. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to acknowledge and thank you for your kind comments. You're doing a great job.

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Correction: "All of these upgrades are just a disturbance to me."
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Well I definitely appreciate that R.9229!! 

I can certainly see how the desktop builder was more convenient for the amount of pages you have. I just know that builder is eventually going to break or become incompatible to a level that we can no longer fix it, and I don't want you to be stuck on that builder when that happens. 

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want to update name servers to new cloudflare name service.

changed name servers to cloudflare, as instructed by Homestead email directions
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Hello Larry6762
This article has step by step instructions with pictures to help you get this done.
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Homestead isn't allowing me to update my DNS server names as provided by Cloudfare.  I've tried more than once and get the same error message.
 
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It looks like you got this working, as I see the cloudflare nameservers under your domain.
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The directions read that under my domain I am to click "edit your nameservers". This does NOT exist. Details please. If this is not done through your site, how is this to be accomplished. At this point I simply signed out of the process to convert to cloudshare. Will my service be disrupted?
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Hello Alex0707

This is because your domain is not registered through Homestead, but through GoDaddy. You would need to go to the company you register your domain through to complete that step. If you haven't updated your nameservers, nothing will be affected yet
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I setup an account with Cloudfare and made these changes to support SSL and HTTPS on my webs ite (www.verajuris.com). However, it has been two days since I made the updates and the site is still not showing as being secure with HTTPS. Below is the Crypto status from Cloudfare. It says that I have an active certificate. How can I have Homestead Support look into this?

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Hello Sean3096
Did you turn on the other settings outlined in step #13, under the "Crypto" tab?
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I posted this same post on the Cloudfare community web site and someone got it working, so my issues is resolved.
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I have another issue now. When using the Chrome browser on my web site (www.verajuris.com) I don't see "Secure" to the left of the URL. Instead, I see a circled letter "i". When I click on that icon, I see the following message saying that the site is not fully secure. What do I need to do in order to get it fully secure?


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Hey there Sean3096
From what I can see on your site, this is likely caused by embeded HTML on your site that contains a http:// link. The browser is recognizing that something on your site is not secure. I would recommend going through HTML on your site and fixing those. (for example, the BBB embded HTML in the footer)
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This helped me fix it. Thanks!
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Hi:
Did the cloudflare nameserver thing yesterday - even after waiting over night did not change to "Secure"
But, big bummer - it messed up my email! Did not receive any after changing nameservers. Changed back to default nameservers and email functional. Unfortunately, lost ~24 h worth of emails tho. 
Think twice before trying this!

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Hello neurodoncorp7941
You followed every step in the instructions within this article and it didn't work after 24 hours? Or did you just change your nameservers?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Free SSL Certificate.

Hi there,

My websites are:

(a) www.onirecruitments.com
(b) www.oniconsultants.net 

I did receive your email regarding my websites not being secure and thus directing me to Cloudflare.

Now, I  admit in all humility that I am not  a Technically sound person such as yourself. 

I clicked right up to what is below, then began to scratch my head in confusion.

I would be extremely grateful if you could guide me step by step from hereon.

With thanks in anticipation of your c-operation,

ANIRUDDHA ROY CHOUDHURY
ONI ENTERPRISES
---------------------------------------------------

This is where I stopped:---------

".....Change your Nameservers

To activate onirecruitments.com you must point your
nameservers (DNS) to Cloudflare. In order to start receiving

all the speed and security benefits of Cloudflare, you’ll need to change
the nameservers
 configured

at your domain registrar to the ones below:

From

ns1.mdnsservice.com

ns2.mdnsservice.com

ns3.mdnsservice.com

To

max.ns.cloudflare.com

Copy

roxy.ns.cloudflare.com

Copy

Remove this nameserver...."

 
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Hello, this article has the step by step/picture instructions I believe you are looking for.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Need some help Please!.

What does it mean as went to the link sent to me the other day, as didn't see my site being secure yet. It has the following, and need to know do I or don't I have. Makes no sense to me. Please help???????? Status: Website not active (DNS modification pending). Please ensure your website is using the nameservers provided: darwin.ns.cloudflare.com Or irma.ns.cloudflare.com
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Hey there Robert4933
This article has step by step instructions with pictures that should help you get Cloudflare set up.
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Also, here is an article specifically with instructions for updating your nameservers:

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-change-the-nameservers-for-my-domain
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cloudflare set up.

I went through the steps but my site still has "not secure" bjwilliamscpa.com

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: So confused...web site builder, site builder, desktop builder.
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Hi there Barbara6609
Have you double checked all of the steps in this article to make sure everything has been set up properly?
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I now can't login to cloudshare get this error
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I have not seen that. Maybe try using a different browser or clearing your cache?
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A Homestead rep walked me through steps 1-11 and told me then to wait 24 hrs before going to the next step. I didn't understand that I needed to wait until the site loaded HTTPS before going to step 12, and so I clicked on the "Always use HTTPS" and "Automatic HTTPS Rewrites" before I should have done so. Now what should I do? My website is Shalompest.com. Please help!




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I would recommend turning those settings back off until the site loads HTTPS.
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I did that--- nothing happened
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please help!
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John8936
I would recommend calling in: 800-710-1998
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I called several times. They just say to wait. Homestead should have done this transition (or whatever you call it)  for all their customers. I didn't study computer tech. This is very wrong to put your customers through this and not even be able to help resolve problems.
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I called several times. They just say to wait. Homestead should have done this transition (or whatever you call it)  for all their customers. I didn't study computer tech. This is very wrong to put your customers through this and not even be able to help resolve problems.
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They were exactly correct to advise you to wait. That is the only thing we can do at that point. I can see the domain now has https:// before it. I would suggest you remove the hit counter from your website if you want it to show fully secure.

Cloudflare is a 3rd party program, so not something we have control over. You don't need to have studied anything, that is why we provide picture step-by-step instructions for you. We are trying to help as much as we can, we just can't do it for you.
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Well, obviously, now you have told me something new, that was not told to me when I spoke to your three reps. Is there a hit counter that I can use that is secure? Can it be set to the start at the same number of hits so people will see that, over many years, the site has had many views and is not just starting now? I sure hope so! Please let me know before I remove that hit counter. Are there other things that must be changed before the site will show as secure, or must we continually go back and forth here in this forum?