Coming Soon: Homestead Website Builder with responsive design

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We hope you’re enjoying online success with your Homestead website!
Now, we have some BIG news to share that will make your site even more successful...

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and are pleased to introduce Homestead Website Builder, a powerful new platform that delivers everything you need for your website:

Drop Down Menus & Mobile Responsiveness

Plus...

    Modern Templates
    Modern/Advanced Image Sliders
    Interactive Blog Features
    Responsive Web Design

While templates from your site will not migrate to the new builder, this will be your opportunity to create an updated site with best-in-class functionality and your choice of thousands of mobile-friendly designs.

While we continue to do all that’s possible to maintain low fees, this list of all-inclusive service improvements necessitates a small $2/month increase. Payments processed on or after November 3, 2016 will reflect this updated pricing.

Warm website wishes,
The Homestead Team
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when will this be available?
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Hi Joe, I only have a few simple topics up so far, as it has been pretty busy this week. You can look at the new builder category, https://community.homestead.com/homestead/categories/homestead_websitebuilder.

Any topic with the avatar , is a how to on the new builder and has screen shots of that particular subject. There are only a few, but yo can start to see some things. I don't have a date yet, but the builder is fully functional. We are integrating it and testing back end functionality. It should not be a very long time until ready.
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speaking of Avatar, will the new builder allow us to put one on our site?
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Do you mean a favicon for the browser tab? If so, yes. It should be a square image, and about 70x70 pixels to work better on all devices.
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Yes, that's what I meant.  Thanks.
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You're welcome
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Looking forward to checking it out. 
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Kari you will be able to copy/paste the text from your existing site and import your images, but your current site template will not move over. You will either need to rebuild the 'look' or use one of the new templates that will be offered.
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Please get this out soon!  
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I'm sure everyone is excited and anxious to try out the new builder. I know I am! But I also know that the team is working fast and furious to get it out ASAP without any glitches. I'd rather they take their time and get it right.  :)
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However, for those of us who canot wait because Homestad's Sitebuilder is simply not cutting it, when can we actually try out the new program-- one of my clients has asked me to find another provider.
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Unfortunately, we can't do this. The developers are currently working on the integration to the accounts. This is still being programmed and tested.
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Does this mean we have to redesign our entire website when this change takes place?
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My problem is this: I wanted to try the new offering, but the moment I put in my web address, the stupid thing said I could not.  So, I don't know if the new program will suit my client or not.
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If you have specific needs, I can answer questions concerning those needs.
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When I start building the new site am I going to be charge while I am building it?
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You existing website will continue as is until you switch it and yes the account will be billed as usual.
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I have 300+ pages and I have to rebuild every one ?Do you know the time commitment of this? It only took almost 3 years for drop downs. Go back and check old posts.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Do I have to rebuild my whole website when you do the upgrade.???.

Do I have to rebuild my whole website when you do the upgrade.??? I just received an update stating you've designed a new builder and my templates will not transfer over. So does this mean that I have to design a whole new website? While i am no expert this has been a process to say the least with updates and changes on my side. Are you stating I'll have to start over from scratch again and redesign a whole new website? AND your charging more for the extra work I will have to do??? 

When is this taking effect? 
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Melinda0687, You are not going to have to rebuild. Your old site will be unaffected and you can continue to edit it as always. You will have the opportunity to look at the new builder and then decide if you have an interest in trying it. If you decide to, then you would need to rebuild, but in any case, your existing site is safe and will still be something you can maintain.
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But, how do you do that?  I tried to start a new website to see about the new platform and it wouldn't let me use my web address.
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What is hurting ALL of us is that our websites are not keeping the people with the smart phones because they can't easily view nor navigate them.  I get complaints all the time so I am now looking at other sites.  I have been with HOMESTEAD for over 15 years but sadly if I have to learn a new program, I will likely learn it elsewhere.  It has been TOO long that they didn't get us updated sooner.  The good thing is that Homestead will pay you back for the amount you are not using, if you request it.
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Do you mean pay us back for the yearly cost not used?
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Homestead is just now getting to where most web builders were 2 years ago with responsive design and drop down menus. Thank God I was forced to learn Wordpress two years ago and have switched over almost all my client sites to WP. If you build on Homestead you will always be a "renter" of your website, and not an owner.  You do not own your own work, because it is tied to the Homestead proprietary platform (same with WIX et al btw.)  If I am ever dissatisfied with my website host, I can simply pick up my WP files and database and move. I own the work I put in years to build. Like some of you, I have been a Homestead customer for nearly 15 years, and have gone through all the corporate take overs, crappy service and email fiascos. I am working overtime to get my clients' sites off Homestead, and onto something that lets them keep the work they've invested in over the years. At my hourly rate, the $2 per website totally misses the value of our time building and maintaining these things. I have just looked at the new website builder. It is very cute and pretty, but only shows desktop and phone views of the screen. With over 50% of traffic coming from mobile, responsive means adapting to every possible screen size including tablets as well. I am beyond angry to find out that I can't even get my clients off my account and onto their own, without entirely rebuilding their sites in their own accounts. I might as well take them all over to WordPress.
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Official Response
Your existing sites will not be affected and you will continue to be able to use Sitebuilder desktop and Sitebuilder Plus for those sites. If you wish to use the new Homestead Website Builder then you will need to rebuild the site. Unfortunately there is just too large a difference in the change to be able to convert the old fixed templates to new responsive ones.
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Herein lies the crux of the matter. Drew states "Sitebuilder is an old program. This is why we are not updating it...." I can only wonder where Homestead and Sitebuilder would be today if they had updated Sitebuilder along the way, in a similar fashion to most, if not all, software developers.

To not upgrade the software for years, then announce a major new release with supposedly new and better functionality but only if YOU rebuild YOUR site(s) (and pay extra for it) makes me angry.

What else gets my goat is that the new Sitebuilder is announced with no firm release date, no real firm list of functions and features, etc. 
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Doug9376, I understand. I did not look to see your history, but Homestead was purchased by Intuit in 2007. Intuit chose not to push much development in Sitebuilder as they considered a website to be an accessory to Quickbooks. In 2013 Homestead was sold by Intuit. We are now part of a dedicated web services group. They recognized the shortcomings in Sitebuilder and knew it needed to be updated. After much review, it was deemed that a brand new product would be far superior than trying to update the old program, so that was the incarnation of the new builder. Unfortunately it takes time to complete the builder and then integrate it to the accounts.
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I appreciate this response and while I understand it, the ONE thing the original desktop version had over ALL other web building is that there was NOT a need to be online to create the site. For many, especially those of us in rural areas where a dedicated Internet is not readily available, this was essential.  
Like many who have posted on other threads, I am a web designer who doesn't code and have found Homestead to be the best platform to use. I am thankful for it.  I love the desktop version.  Still have never seen an improvement in the online version.  There isn't a single feature on it that I can't implement on the desktop version.
That said, I'm looking forward to the new version where drop down menus and image slideshows are available!  But, I wish it was sooner.  I have a site that could benefit from both right now but they want to roll out by the 15th of this month.  :(
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A+++ to Homestead, Drew & the entire crew. We have about 50-60 sites of our own and have been with Homestead since early 1999 and we got our latest account back in 2008. Anyway, I will keep quite a few of our older sites, but will also be working on all kinds of new ones with the new responsive site builder. We have two websites that actually sell websites and they're both presently ranked #1, 2 or 3 on Google, Bing & Yahoo and my point is this. Homestead has always had a great product which allowed us to do what we do and be ranked #1 so they've definitely been doing something right. This company has made us a few hundred thousand dollars over the years and I welcome the new software. I think it will be fun and probably be very easy to use?

Anyone who's not excited about this new improvement must be off their rocker? Please consider that there's no limit to what you can do with your own creativity and this new tool will allow you to reach many more people with your creativity. From what I understand, you don't have to delete your old site or sites so why not keep those and then build some new ones that are even better?

Kind of like competing with your old work to make your new work even better. Heck, you can even place a link on your old site to a newer version of your new responsive site Just keep your old domain for your old site and buy a new domain for each new site you create? Good heavens, your only cost is just the cost of a domain. To make it even easier, simply use the forwarding feature from godaddy, wildwest, maddog or whoever to point the domain to your homestead url? Then use good content and meta tags and get ranked on the first page of the search engines for your targeted keywords and phrases? I assure you that anyone can do this if you're patient and apply a little creativity.

Building websites for our customers is all we do and that's how we earn our living and we're always trying to learn new things. Please don't be discouraged or complaining about a New Site Builder that's mobile friendly because it can only be a very positive thing?. I really think it will help everyone in the long run? Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be as good as I think it's going to be? Thank you Homestead, Drew and the entire crew for this excellent news. I'm really looking forward to it.
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The problem for many of us is having to completely copy our old site to the new one.  I sounds very time consuming (I have 650+ pages on my main website).  I look forward to seeing the new builder but also am looking at Wordpress.
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Will there be a transition period when both the old Website builder and the new one are available? Your anticipated "first of the year" roll out falls right when I will be faced with the maximum number of changes to our site and I really don't have the time to redo all 25 pages plus deal with a learning curve.
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Frederick9299, there are no plans to force you to change your site(s). Existing sites will still be accessible using Sitebuilder desktop and Plus. Once integrated, new sites will be made with the new builder. At a later time you can decide or not to change the old sites to the new more modern ones.
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Will the increase be for all sites or just ones built with the 'new and improved'?
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We are working to get it done as quickly as possible, but I don't have a firm date yet.

Unfortunately as you know, prices on virtually everything go up sometimes. I believe it has been 3 years since the last increase. The new builder will represent a big upgrade in functionality and features.
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So, we will have to pay the increase whether we are going to use the new builder or not? And take the huge amount of time to rebuild if we choose to use the new site? I need to shop around.
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Cathi the increase will be universal regardless if we use the new builder or not and yes, for some it will be a huge undertaking to rebuild a site or sites (insert a groan), but I'm in the wait and see mode. I want to see what this new platform does before I consider a possible change. I've looked at some of the other web builder programs and haven't been terribly impressed - hoping Homestead's new and improved will be awesome!!
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What I am having an issue with is that you have started charging site owners across the board for something that is not released and are collecting funds in advance of the release with no firm release date.  I think most of us are wondering...why am I paying for something I have no access to?
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I am sorry for the confusion. The $2 increase is on the hosting package. We do not charge for the builder(s) offered. They are included on all accounts. We did want to let you know that it is coming soon. It might have been better done in 2 emails.
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Will I be able to copy and paste from the old site builder to the new one?
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Rocco0045, You should be able to copy/paste text from on to the other, but you will have to upload images and media files separately
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So, I can start creating a new website in the new program and continue using the old until I feel comfortable in moving over?
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yes. all should be happy that there is finally a new update towards the new market mobile trend. I hope that this builder keeps updated and does not become outdated like the other builders did. I this is also offered as a desktop version I will deff stay.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Do I have to rebuild my whole website when you do the upgrade.???.

Do I have to rebuild my whole website when you do the upgrade.??? I just received an update stating you've designed a new builder and my templates will not transfer over. So does this mean that I have to design a whole new website? While i am no expert this has been a process to say the least with updates and changes on my side. Are you stating I'll have to start over from scratch again and redesign a whole new website? AND your charging more for the extra work I will have to do??? 

When is this taking effect? 
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You will not have to rebuild existing sies, unless you wish to take advantage of the new builder.
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But if you DO want to take advantage of the new builder, you DO have to rebuild your site.
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Don I., yes. There are just too many differences to be able to convert the old sites to the new builder.
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It should be your next challenge!!! to convert old sites to the new builder! It might take time but ...
...those having tens or hundreds of pages already built with Sitebuilder Plus will not rebuild them. That's for sure!
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It's good that folks have a choice of either going with the new builder or not.

Personally, I would rather see Homestead focus their resources on upgrading and updating this new builder as time goes on. Trying to get the old sites to sync with this new one would be a huge undertaking and I'm not sure it would even be possible.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When will the new sitebuilder be available?.
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Don I There is no official date of release. We are now making sure agents are not setting unrealistic expectations. The best I can say is end of year at this time.
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Why did they feel it necessary to announce a new program but not have a firm release date before doing so?  What bothers me is that "the end of the year" could be the 1st of Nov or the 31st of Dec. For those of us who design sites for others, asking them to wait for an indeterminate amount of time so we don't have to do the work twice, it's difficult to give them answers and make them wait.  Unfortunately, I have a client NOW who would benefit but I cannot ask them to wait until the end of the year.  :(
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Right.  I am needing to build a new site for our new business.  It needs to be done by the end of October.  When will the new sitebuilder be released.  We are all running businesses, so we deal in hard dates so that we can make decisions.  

Thanks
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If I want to rebuild my website, should I click on the "Add New Website" link, give it a placeholder domain, then migrate my domain over to it when it is finished? What is the most efficient way of doing this? 
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Oh, okay Neil7148... You might also try going from the DOMAINS tab and selecting the option to "Use a Domain You Already Own."
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The email I received about this is very vague and misleading. It is "introducing" this new website builder, yet it is not available?
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Neil7148, There is no set date yet. Once we have one we will post it.
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No one answered the second part of Neil's question.  Do I build the new site with the new builder under a placeholder domain name as Neil suggested?  Then will I be able to redirect my public domain name to the new site when ready?  What's the plan?
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Bruce2944, yes you would be able to create a generic site with the new builder under a temporary file name and you would be able to assign a domain name to it afterwards when you are ready.
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I'd like to update my websites, but hate to pay for the increase for an additional website, while I build a new one.  It would be great if we could develop a website, or update an existing one, without having to pay for an add-on.  If I did increase my fees for an additional site, and then went back down after making a new site to replace the old?  Seems like a lot of monkeying around.

If we go to the new site, will we be able to upgrade the new site on the fly vs. during the old one and starting again?
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Jim4187, I do not know the answer to that yet. I will need to try to find out.
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Jim4187's question is important. Whenever the new site builder is available (I don't like the uncertainty about that), I would like to use it to create a new site while leaving my old site published and available without having to pay an additional fee just to create the new site. Will that be possible?
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I agree.  VERY important consideration of staying or going.
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I agree with William2374. If I understand correctly, our fee will go up $2 a month but we don't know when we will have access to the new software? So will Homestead not bill us the fee until the software is ready? I know $2 doesn't sound like much but I have over a dozen other website fees per month, including a fee for the new site I am building with another company. I just need clarification...thanks!
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The increase is on the hosting fee, it is not a charge for the builder. The builder is provided free with a paid account. The increase will be reflected on the first bill after November 3rd, 2016. Unfortunately, I don't have a date yet for the release, but everyone is working to get this done as soon as possible.
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Will the the new Website Builder have a complete blog feature?
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Judy3224, the new builder does have an improved blog feature. I do not know what you mean by complete, and don't have a full feature list on the blog yet, but as I am able, I will begin posting topics here in the community.
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I basically designed our site with texts boxes and such.  Will that migrate?
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Unfortunately there is no migration, but you can copy/paste the text to the new builder. The code side of the 2 builders is just too different to be able to conver sites from one to the other.
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well that sux! I am 65yo and it took me ages to build my site. Now you tell me I have to do it all again and pay you for my work???? maybe you will have to find a way to link the two!
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tamlynarabians0933, You do not have to rebuilde it. You may continue to use your site as is. We have no plans to discontinue your old site or builder. You may keep it going as is, or for however long it takes to rebuild in the new builder.
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Will we be able to create a new website with the new website builder while our old sitebuilder site is still up.  It is going to take quite some time to build a website from scratch.  I just want to make sure I am not out of business for awhile. 

Also, is the new website builder associated with the BigCommerce Storefront you currently offer.  I am in the middle of building one of those sites too. Thank you.
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Yes you will.
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@Walt0940 & @DrewN:
What do you mean you are not using any templates?
I use the build from scratch feature but am not using html coding.  I'm confused as to how I could copy/paste but others wouldn't be able to do so - unless Walt0940 is using html solely?
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Michele I believe that what Drew meant is that we will be able to copy/paste files and text but for those who use templates they won't be able to transfer the template itself over.
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@Susan2829,
That doesn't answer my question.  Or perhaps I'm not understanding "copy/paste files".  I understand being able to copy/paste html codes but I'm not understanding how we could copy and paste files.  ie:  jpgs can't be copied/transferred and if we're not using html to create a website, then it would be simply jpgs and text, correct?
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upload the files.
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Please verify, is the $2/month increase on our entire account once per month or per domain name that we have with Homestead? (10 sites = $20/month or 1 account = $2/month)??
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Jeffrey8056, the $2/month affects only the website hosting package. If you have a $20.99 Gold package, it will be $22.99. Add on services will not change at this time.
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If we choose to migrate to the new platform, will our original site still remain available to the public while we build the new site?
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Yes and you will be able to edit it as needed using the Sitebuilder program you currently use.
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Drew, I never got a reply from you about the paralex templates
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I do not know yet. I am trying to find out. As far as I know it uses only pre-made templates. You can't import templates, so they would have to be built in.
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Me, personally, I am less concerned about the $2 increase than I am about the quality and functionality of the new builder. Homestead was once my go-to content management (template-based web design) system. But with the growing importance of mobile-responsive sites and java script-based features like drop-down menus... I've needed them to step their game up for quite some time now. @ the moment, I just need a good reason to stick around and not bail altogether. What's important to me is upgrades WORTH a price increase.
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Don I, I will start getting topics with screen shots up as soon as I can so you all can see them. I will be adding a category here called Website Builder when I begin.
So will I be able to have the new site builder and the old site builder on my computer at the same time and just work on a new version of my website when I have time? I have tons of page and images and it would take me quite a while before I would have it ready to publish on the new site builder.

In other words would I still be able to do small routine changes to the website on my old site builder if I also have the new site builder on my computer at the same time?

I would not publish the new version until it was completely finished and during that time I would probably have to do routine changes to the old version is what I mean.

Hope that makes sense.
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Yes. Your old site will be unaffected. You will be able to have it live and edit it until ready to switch to the new site.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Will I still be able to use to current Sitebuilder to edit my current site "as is....
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Stella5352, yes you will be able to.
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Hello Drew , I am happy to learn that responsive design is available at lenght . I still have an old subdomain  subdomain.homestead.com : I never switched it to a www.domain.com as you always refused me the permanent 301 redirect . I was a total newbie when I started my website on 2001 and when I discovered I could not make a correct redirect for Seo I was heavily deceived . I have neglected the website for many years by now and revenues have dropped since , of course . But I'm willing to refresh it , if the work is worth it . To make a long story short :

1) Have I to get a www.domain.com in order to start a responsive website ? I understood I can copy texts and this is fine . I am not willing to lose the traffic coming to my actual subdomain type website , although it is not high as it was in the past . Is there any means to get the subdomain.homestead.com  redirected  to my future www.domain.com?

2) I have a gold package and I have been paying expensive for just a subdomain ! I have a www.domain.com registered with you which I never used . Can I register a new name for the responsive website instead of the one I have which I ' d like to drop ?

3) If I want to start a second responsive website for another activity , what is the additional cost per year ?

Thank you for your time ( we Italians talk and write too long :-)

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1) The only way to redirect the traffic would be to simply have an index page with an HTML redirect to the new site. Search engines will likely figure it out rather quickly and your customers may never notice.

2) Yes. You can delete that domain and register a different one when ready.

3) I believe the function of the current packages is remaining the same at this time, so Gold allows you to make additional sites at no additional charge, unless you wanted a domain. I will double check that.
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irene9041

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This means I would get html links from a junk website with no content ( my old one )  to my new responsive one containing the texts I would copy ... Double content is no good for SEO . I guess that bad quality inbound links are better to be avoided as I have been asked by some webmasters to delete  links from my website to theirs ...

Only a page by page html redirect can be taken into consideration anyway . Are you going to redirect it page by page ? If the html redirect only concerns the index page , I ' m not interested . I'll just drop Homestead and pay some portal fee : I avoid new website work and expensive fees for what I get .
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There would be no double content. You would remove the content from the old site and redirect the page(s) desired to the new site with the new content. It is the only way to redirect on Homestead. Search engines are much smarter than they used to be and understand this is sometimes done.
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Look at google webmaster for redirects which are SEO approved.
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use a google seo preferred method
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Greetings,  No one has asked or mentioned,  Re: Impact on the Newly Launched Website's Google/ SEO Ranking.  When we launch the  new site, what will happen to our Google ranking?  I rank #1 in several categories.  While my website is tired and dated looking, I hate to lose my excellent ranking.  Thank you so very much!
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Haha! Thank you Gloria. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am from a generation before safe spaces. Well before.
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Like when Moby Dick was still a guppy.  hee hee
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HA! Well, maybe not THAT before. That would be my great grandfather, possibly great great grandfather. Somehow I feel a little young again.
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LOL  See? It's all relative or about relatives. Young is as young does. Never pass up the opportunity to play in a puddle.
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does anyone know the release date... how soon is soon? thanks
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Drew has stated that the exact release date isn't known at this time.
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I'm exited about getting started. Will the new software have word wrap?
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The text boxes word wrap. Is there a specific context you are looking for?
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Will we still be able to design our sites or will we have to use one of the templates?
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J2096 perhaps you should at least give the new builder a try. You can click on Add a New Site and then name it something like Practice and play around with it a bit to see all it offers. There is a bit of a learning curve, but spend some time with it and it gets easier as you go. Doing this won't affect your current sites, they will still remain on whatever version you are currently using.
The builder is responsive so it will render across all devices - no need for adding a mobile as it is part of the website builder. You can view the mobile version right on the editor. It might require some adjusting, but you do that independent of the desk top version.
I've used Homestead for many years. Loved the original desktop version, loathed SiteBuilder Plus, but this new builder seems to be pretty darn good. Yes, you have to rebuild, but you can copy/paste content from current site to the new builder. Easily done by just opening your site in the browser and copying from there. You will have to rebuild the 'look' of the site, but that is simple as well by using one of the many new templates or you can choose a blank one and build from scratch.
Since you'll have to rebuild regardless what direction you take I'd say kick the tires on this new builder. I think you'll like it.
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Like J2096, I wonder if it will be worth giving the new builder a try.  If I have to copy and paste 700 pages, why not use WP.org?  The only thing is the re-directs for each page if I switch after moving to WordPress  Apparently Homestead will do this automatically now...anyone know for sure?
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Well....I have given it a try.  I can see why you can't migrate your old site to the new one.  IT IS SO MUCH BETTER!  Kudos to you guys for FINALLY doing this.  

Now, most of the new builder is intuitive if you know the old one.   Still, it is new and I am so accustomed to where everything is in the old site builder.  Can any one point me to a tutorial or a basic "here's how the new builder works?"
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Well....I have given it a try.  I can see why you can't migrate your old site to the new one.  IT IS SO MUCH BETTER!  Kudos to you guys for FINALLY doing this.  

Now, most of the new builder is intuitive if you know the old one.   Still, it is new and I am so accustomed to where everything is in the old site builder.  Can any one point me to a tutorial or a basic "here's how the new builder works?"
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Rather than giving you a list of individual post addresses you will be able to find some relevant info here:

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/categories/homestead_websitebuilder

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/likes-and-dislikes-and-wishes

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/in-the-new-website-builder-how-do-we

Drew is working on getting some additional tutorials, but at this time it's pretty much limited to answers to questions.

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