Changing Templates in New Website Builder?

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Seems like once you choose a template you are stuck; although you can alter the design if you want to tweak a page, if you want an entirely new template you have to start the building over, lose the webpage contents entirely.  Is this an accurate statement?  Once you pick a template -- you're entirely committed?  
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Unless things have changed since this was first released and I don't believe they have, the answer is yes you have to start over. And you may have to set it up with a new name as well.
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I'm in the same situation. Your instructions say we can change or delete anything and that is not true. Why do you not offer a blank template that we can design from scratch? I've wasted hours of my time trying to deal with this and I've become frustrated enough to click Delete Site - but wait, the instructions say it can't be deleted because it's associated with the domain, and told me to come here.

I want to associate the domain with another provider and if I can't do that I'll have to simply abandon it. If I'm still billed for it, I will end my account with you, which would mean losing another website/domain I have on your service. If that happens I will instruct my bank to not allow payments to you.
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You can't delete a site with a domain associated to it. You can point the domain to any host you wish if they new host provides you with the pointing information.

If you are trying to delete a specific thing on a page and can't, you can also let us know and we can take a look. You should be able to delete things from the page.
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HI asilbajo0975  I understand the frustration, but even in sitebuilder plus, you would delete the existing website if halfway through you decided to change the template, so its not a failing of websitebuilder. However, the option to choose a blank template has been raised but, as a scratch builder, I just chose a "generic" template and deleted everything...there were only four or five elements to delete so it was quick and simple. Start a new build, but call it a different name whilst building,, when your all done you can then sort out the domain name etc.
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At this time the only way to change the template is to create a new site. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Just one more thing you cannot do with the latest edition of Site Builder. With Site Builder Desk Top, all you had to do was delete the template and start all over as many times as you like. If programers at homestead could build in some of the features that desk to had it would solve a lot of problems. 
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I'm very frustrated that I can not change my template without losing my whole site. Ive had it for years and would like a change but don't want to lose all my content. I cant believe Homestead has not come up with a fix for this. Can you guys please do that?
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Rebecca you won't lose your content. The coding is so different between the older builders and the new one that they aren't able to just move a site to the new builder.
When you add the new builder you will give it a name such as mycurrentsite2. Then you choose a template. Any of the templates can be made blank just by deleting existing elements on the page. You can start rebuilding the site and should be able to match your current 'look' pretty close or you may find one of the new templates that you like. Your content is then easily transferred by opening your current site in the browser and then just copy the content and paste it into the new one. Your images will need to be imported.
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So to do this, I start a new website with a "whatever" name and then when I am done transferring all my data and pics from the old website, you can switch my traffic from the old site to the new site?
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The techs will be more than happy to help you transition from the old to the new. And yes to the rest of your question.  :)
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Okay thank you. I will start working on it now.
I notice the hours for phone assistance... but the actual phone number is not listed. Can you please give it to me here? Thank you.
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1-800-710-1998  If you don't get the help you need come back here and ask for help. Drew and Todd are excellent at helping us - sometimes more so than the phone and chat support.
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Hi Aurelie1129, if you have any other questions about building the new site, associating the domain, or anything else, feel free to ask here at the community or you may always contact support at 1-800-710-1998.

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