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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Patti9584, I don't have an exact date yet. I'm told by the end of the year.
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well i hope its before the extra charges.
 
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This needs to happen like yesterday... I was just considering leaving Homestead for SquareSpace... Will any of the new designs be parallax web sites?
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So I guess only certain comments will remain in this "Community" because it seems as tho my last comment was removed... #NoBueno
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@ Chris8611, yeah, my response to your comment was removed too :(
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#CommunistStateOfWebDevelopment lol
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Don I and Chris8611, This is a support community for Homestead products and services. Any post related to those things will be left up as long as the conform to our posting guidelines. Post not relevant to Homestead products or services will be removed. I am sorry for that. Many people come here for information on their websites and these posts make it harder for them to find the information they see.
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Thanks for that clarification Drew...

So to my initial question: Will any of the new designs be parallax web sites?
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I am only using the template and I like that then you tell me there is a $2 increase because you installed something I do not need? I am supposed to just accept this $2 increase and not be involved in building anything new? I do not like that the increase is not just geared to those who use this EXTRA service but everyone will be paying for it....is it possible to not have that $2 increase?
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I agree, Shrek!  The last time they "improved" the site, I found it very difficult to work with, and never was able to do as much as I could many years ago when I signed on.  Now, I'm threatened with another "improved" model.  Forget it.  I'm shopping for another host for our sites.  Homestead has been great in many ways, but this is the straw....
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Chris, sorry missed that. I do not yet know details on all the templates available. Do you have specific functionality in mind?
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No worries Drew... I understand, you have a lot of questions coming at you from many unhappy customers.

Here is an example of the type of site I'd love to have with a Homestead template: avenirclinic.com were there's a picture or color in the background that is static but the whole site scrolls over it as you go down. In addition, I've been limited with my sites on Homestead where you can't fill the whole screen from left to right with a picture or background color. Lastly, for whatever reason, Homestead templates have a grainy feel to them...In this HD age, it would be nice to have sharper images and shapes with the templates.
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I haven't seen all the templates, so I am not sure about the scrolling. The new templates are much more modern looking and fully responsive, so it should fill the browser based on the visitors resolution and size of their browser window.
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This is a wonderful change that I have been waiting for!
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so will the responsive website over ride the DUDA that we can't, and no one can tell us how to get rid of feature?
Will the desktop Sitebuilder work for both old version of site while we re-build the new one?
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Yes David, the new builder eliminates the need for Duda to be mobile friendly. Did you want to disable Duda now on the site?

While you build the new site, the old site can be kept up until you are ready. You will be able to edit it with Sitebuilder.
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I'm would think around Nov we should be able to get a look at the new builder. I hope they are going deep functionality with this new builder. I want that ability to really make my sites, my sites. I'm going to be comparing it to something like Weflow (which is what I was looking at as a Homestead replacement) but switching to webflow would be a heck of a learning curve, so I'm glad I stuck around and I'm really glad homestead is taking this leap into the future. I just hope it has easy of use and that ability to get in there and make my sites very uniquely  mine. Looking forward to seeing what you folks have come up with.
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I'm would think around Nov we should be able to get a look at the new builder. I hope they are going deep functionality with this new builder. I want that ability to really make my sites, my sites. I'm going to be comparing it to something like Weflow (which is what I was looking at as a Homestead replacement) but switching to webflow would be a heck of a learning curve, so I'm glad I stuck around and I'm really glad homestead is taking this leap into the future. I just hope it has easy of use and that ability to get in there and make my sites very uniquely  mine. Looking forward to seeing what you folks have come up with.
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I can't say for sure when, but there is a pretty deep feature set. You should be able to make a really nice site very simply, but also have the ability to get more complicated if desired.There will be a learning curve with this as well, but hopefully no too steep.
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I'm assuming we'll get notified via email when this is ready? I've been preparing to do a complete site overhaul [including adding Storefront/Bigcommerce]. It sounds like this new software will be just what I'm wanting. Will Storefront/Bigcommerce still integrate with the new software? Looking forward to trying it, NOT looking forward to all the migration work! ;)
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Lee2991, all I can say for sure is that I will post it here. If you stay subscribed to this topic, you will receive an email. There may also be a general email, but I am not yet sure, as I do not know if the roll out will be all at once or in groups of accounts.
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I don't have a 'store' site, mine is a simple little eleven or twelve page 'family' site. I understand I DO NOT need to worry about making any changes?  I do wish Homestead had not messed with the communications, messaging that was so great, now no one can leave messages on my site! I even tried and there were just "too many hoops" to jump through - no body wants to go through all that just to leave a comment on my site!  Sad - it was great contact for family & friends!
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William, I am not sure exactly what you are referring to. Can you show me an example on one of your pages? The new builder may do it better, or I may be able to offer an alternative for you.
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I have about 650 pages on my main website.  Would a web-scraper help in making the new site?  Copy & paste would take forever.

Also, will the new builder be retina-ready?
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If you choose to use the new builder, you would need to rebuild the site, but you will be able to keep the existing site and edit it using Sitebuilder.
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Do you recommend using a web scraper to make it easier to copy?
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I have not used a web scraper. You could try and see what results you receive. If the scraper pulls code, then you may see some problems with the differences in the 2 builders.
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Thanks, I have never used one either...just trying to figure out how to make the transition as easy as possible.  I think most scrapers just pull content, but not sure.

Anyone out there have any ideas?
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Can we build a new site offline with the new software while keeping the old one up and running in the interim and then moving over to the new site when its ready?  This is a huge decision for businesses who wish to keep the transition smooth and seamless.  There should be no down time to the site.
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wscummins6993, You will be able to leave the old site up and running while you build the new site. You will also be able to edit the old site using Sitebuilder.

The new builder is an online builder. You will not be able to build it offline.
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Ok, but what do I need to build the new site online?  Will this be live or just a virtual version until ready to publish?
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Just like now, you will be able to build the new site and save without publishing. You may also publish and we will provide a URL that allows you to look at the site online. When you are done with the new site, then you may move the domain to it. You old Sitebuilder site will stay as is, until you decide to move the domain to the new site. Does that answer your question?
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Ok, that works.  I just did not want to create an entire other domain or pay for another domain to host the new site.  Hence my first question, can I build it inside my builder without publishing until ready, but preview and test it?
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Yes, you can build it privately while the old site stays public. I will start posting topics on the new builder tomorrow(time permitting). If you have interest in seeing them as posted, you are welcome to watch the new category. You can hit the follow button to see when I post each topic, but you will also get emails for any questions or comments.

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I have just down grade my website so I can't create another website.
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When we copy and paste, I assume it will be copying from the sitebuilder editor and not the published pages as seen by site visitors, is that correct Drew?
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Gloria2691, You can try both. Personally I think I would use the published site as changing pages is quicker online than in the editor, but copying text from within Sitebuilder does place it in the clipboard, so it does paste over.
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Well, I tried copying and pasting from the published site  (I have a blog on Wordpress) to my Wordpress blog site just to see how it would work.  When I copy from the published site it does not copy the various internal and external links on my site (it copies them, but they do not function)  Hope I am making myself clear.  

However, it does copy the functining links when I copy from the editor, as you can see here.  Unfortunately it also copies some stuff I don't want as well.

Many of my pages have links, so that will be an important factor.
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I get it. I will see if I can get some testing done for you. Unfortunately it has been a busy week this week and I have not been able to grab much time.
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Drew, I have been reading and trying to keep up. Can you at least share a few screen shots of what it might look like or maybe an idea when we can start using the platform? I thought it would be in November. Is that even close? I really don't want to spend a lot of time on the site and then need to rebuild it.
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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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Soon I will begin to create new help topics here for it, so you will be able to see some screen captures and how tos as I am able to add them.
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Here's what customer support has to say about the actual availability date:
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i DON'T WANT TO REDESIGN MY WEBSITES.  wILL THE EXISTING sITE bUILDER STILL WORK?
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Yes, Robert, your current site will still be available and functional until/unless you decide to switch to the new platform.
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If I don't want to redesign my website, and keep it as it is then it will still work, right?  Will I still be charged an additional $2 if I don't use the new platform?
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Yes Pat it will still work and yes, you will be charged the additional $2. That unfortunately looked like it was tied to the new platform, but it is actually an increase for everyone.
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Will I be able to copy and paste all of my other website into the new platform?
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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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YES. At least for those for which you'd like to use the new Builder. To quote Homestead, "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." However, they also state that the previous SiteBuilders will continue to be available for those sites you don't mind leaving in those platforms.
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I don't get it.  Our templates will not migrate but we can keep our same website as is?  Isn't that a contradiction?  Migration involves leaving one space for another.  We absolutely HAVE to be able to keep our websites functional if we have to rebuild.  It took me a long time to build my site, and frankly, I'm worried.
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Patricia my understanding is that your existing site would remain online and you would be able to continue to edit while you are building the new site with the new builder. Once you are done the old site would be replaced by the new, but until then your old site would still be up and running.
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I appreciate your comment, Susan, but I have not heard from anyone at Homestead that our current website will stay up while we are working on a new website.  And I'd like to know if there is a time limit on building the new site.  Drew has said that the website can remain as it is, but the statement from HS is that our templates will not migrate.  It seems that no one really knows the answers that we need to have.  I hope it's not to keep us around longer when some may choose a new company.
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Let's see if I can unmuddy the waters here. Drew has stated somewhere in this mass of posts that your old site will indeed remain up while you build a new site.
To my knowledge there is not a time limit. The new builder will be there if/when you should decide to switch over.
The template you are currently using will NOT move over to the new builder. You will need to either build a new one if that is what you did with your current site OR you would be able to choose from all the new templates that will be available.
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Susan is correct. Your old Sitebuilder site will be available for viewing and editing no matter what. There are no plans currently to eliminate the old sites or old Sitebuilder programs. You may continue to use them.
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Patricia, I am with Homestead and your old sites will not move from Sitebuilder to the new program, but you will still be able to edit the site using Sitebuilder. You may choose to create a new site with the new program, but the old site will still be there and usable as always, until you delete it. Those are the current plans.

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Will we still be charged the extra $2 per month if we don't migrate to the new site builder?
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Douglas, yes the fee will be an increase for everyone regardless if you migrate to the upcoming new sitebuilder or not.
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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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I'm right there with you.
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I'm with you, too.  I just finished website number 3 and I'm sure not doing it over, as it took a long time!  If I was forced to do it over again, I would go to another company.
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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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I think Homestead should rebuild our sites since you are charging us.  Why don't you create a re-design and let us approve it since you know the new Website Builder?  Now THAT would be worth the extra money.
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Will I be able to continue using my old site forever, or are our old sites going to be phased out eventually?  If so, I'll start looking for a new web hosting company right now. 
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You will not be required to rebuild your site unless you want to take advantage of using the new builder. You will still be able to use the Sitebuilder on your sites. Unfortunately, the price increase is to provide you with new and better tools for you website. We are still a do it yourself host. We will not be able to rebuild sites.

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Colleen3803, there are no plans to phase out the old sites or programs, but forever is a word I can't use.
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Will the new Website Builder be interactive with our existing website?  i.e., drop down menus?
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SO if we want to use the "new and Improved" we have to 'rebuild our site' anyway, We might as well look for another web hosting and platform at a lower rate. This is ridiculous. We have to pay more no matter if we move or not. 
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Couldn't agree more, Kriss. I'm tired of the archaic functionality of the current Homestead builder. I think this is the time to bite the bullet and find a cheaper and more functional website builder. Our current monthly charge is over $52/mo US! Squarespace is 1/2 that.
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Have you actually built a site on Squarespace???? It's a major PITA in comparison. I gave it a wholehearted try and build a site but building/managing it was to much of a pain. I think if you don't have something constructive to say about this particular subject............ you should clam up and go pick on some political party.
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Hmmmm... I'm just trying to figure out if $52 US a month for Homestead is a good value. Maybe that isn't constructive, but 18/mo for annual payment is very appealing for a 5* rated builder such as SquareSpace, where Homestead is rated 1*.

A new Homestead web builder sounds great - has anyone thought of the possibilities of BUGS in it? Another thing, will this new web builder be a one-time offering or are there plans to update it occasionally (something that has not happened with the current software)?

There needs to be a lot more information re: functionality, etc. for everyone to decide whether to stay or go! If we have to rebuild our entire website to take advantage of the new functionality, now is the time to decide.

Just saying.....not meaning to rile anyone.
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Doug I can only address part of your questions. As far as "bugs" go I'm betting there will be some as there always is with new releases - just look at Microsoft! That's why I am taking a wait and see attitude. It's not like we have to immediately jump in the moment the new builder is launched. 
Looking forward to the posts Drew has said he will make about the new builder and its functionality.
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Will this new website builder function on Windows 10 ... still can't get the old program to work properly so I keep an old laptop with windows 8 but none of my current pictures or files are on that computer. Major PITA. Homestead is a dinosaur of a site builder and if I have to rebuild my entire (extremely large) website then I may just go with WIX or Weebly.
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Sitebuilder is an old program. This is why we are not updating it and we can't migrate sites. From what I have seen of it so far, I feel it is at least as good as any of the other builders I have tried.

It will work on Windows 10. Like Sitebuilder Plus, it is browser based, but will be more stable.
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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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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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Susan, it will be on all accounts.
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So... we all have to pay an extra $2 - even if we don't want the inconvenience of rebuilding our website? Honestly - not wanting the hassle of starting over has been the major factor in not moving to a new host. 
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So I now have the thrill of informing my clients that they are either going to have to pay an extra $24/year for their current builder OR they are going to have to pay the extra $24/year AND pay me to rebuild their websites with the new builder.
I'm sorry Drew, that just doesn't seem right. Sure, charge the extra for using the new builder, but why penalize those who choose not to?
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Susan I am sorry, but it is not meant to be a penalty. Costs are not stagnant. We have been fortunate that price increases at Homestead have been quite rare, but they do occur.

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I agree that it is a double whammy to have to rebuild one's website from scratch to take advantage of new features, and at the same time get hit with a $24/year price increase (regardless of whether we migrate to the new platform). For a small non-profit like ours, with a small website, $24 is an almost 20% increase in cost.
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Interesting...."price increases have been quite rare....." yeah just like updates to existing functionality. So if I chose not to upgrade, why do I have to pay $24/year extra??
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Any additional information as to when this is going to happen or what the new system's functionality will be? Or in other words, what benefit(s) will I receive by upgrading??
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GOD forbid............ $24!!!! Added to an inexpensive product to begin with......  Get a grip!!!! It's $24..... a beer in a pub is $6!!!
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$52 US per month or soon to be $54 US per mo ain't cheap ($71 Cdn) for us Canucks! Go buy Donald a beer!
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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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For those who don't wish to rebuild their sites, Homestead says you can continue to maintain them in the existing SiteBuilder. However, for those who want to use the new Website Builder, you'd have to rebuild from scratch. Homestead says, "...templates from your site will not migrate to the new builder," and, "this will be your opportunity to create an updated site..."
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Thanks Don. I am more curious about migrating my existing domain (longrangellc.com) to a newly designed webpage  
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Neil7148, Are you wanting to build a new site with the new builder? It is not yet available.

If you want to do it with Sitebuilder, then you may add a new wedsite and build from Sitebuilder.
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OK. Yes, I want to rebuild our website with the added features. When will the new builder be available and how will we migrate the domain over to the new site?
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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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Your old sites will still use Sitebuilder. Once integrated to the account, new sites will use the new builder. Old sites will continue to use Sitebuilder.

This builder is an in house product, it is not associated with nor will it affect your Bigcommerce store.
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Thank you.
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Sorry, Drew N, but you haven't fully answered Steven9528's question. I understand that the old site can remain available while we create a new site, but will we need to pay for two sites in while building the new one?
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Steven as you can imagine Drew has his hands full at the moment trying to respond to all the questions. Give him a bit of time to play catch up. Perhaps Homestead could use the extra fees to get him some help when there is a surge like this!  :)
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It depends on the account William. If you have an account that allows for multiple websites at no additional charge, you will still have that. If your account allows for only 1 site, then just as now, you would need to pay for additional sites, which is $2/month for 2 additional sites.
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I am not using any templates. will I be able to copy and paste from my old Site Builder?
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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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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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Michele R.4628, You can never know how a major change in design will affect your rankings. Sadly, it always causes an initial drop of at least some. That being said, everything the new builder does is more in tune with today's guidelines for web design as relating to SEO. The code is cleaner, the designs are responsive, mobile friendly is built in. You can control page titles, descriptions and all that stuff. Any initial loss should recover more quickly because of that.

You can also keep the old site, but but watch your traffic closely as some of the things Sitebuilder does not do may also cause a decrease in the future.
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This new mobile-friendly platform is a step in the right direction! Homestead needs to beta test and beta test and prior to public release, the last stage of testing should involve beta test sites outside of Homestead for feedback from selected volunteer customers. Just don’t rush the release date.

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Amen!  Test, Test and Test some more! Getting it right is more important than meeting the date.  
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It is great that well have responsive sites, but the increase in charges should only be set once this is launched. I personally want this, but I can see many people leaving Homestead, who do want the responsive,+ the increase before launch date, which is still not know.!
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So Far, I've been told 3 different things regarding the price increase. 1, The charge increase was for hosting, then the letter I got via email, and the information at the top of this topic, contained below.

So, which is it and why were increases made before the software was ready?

"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

· 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."
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wscummins6993, We have 3 base packages at Homestead. There are also some additional services that will add to the cost of the base package. Site building tools have never been an add on service. They are included with your hosting package. I am sorry for the confusion.
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The header of this thread states that the reason for the increase is the increased features of the new site builder, not the hosting package.

"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: "

All the things that come after that refer to the website builder, not hosting.

given that the software is not ready, why are we being charged for it?
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Think of it like this. The writer of the email or the marketing people or somebody, screwed up. There should have been two emails. One informing us of the increase and the other, one that ideally should have been sent at a later date than it was, informing us of getting a new site builder.
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The wording is unfortunate, and I agree 2 emails would have been better. My explanation above still holds true. Our packages have always included the builder at no additional fee. All costs rise over time and it is not just the new builder that necessitates the increase. 
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Poor Drew....everyone is picking on him.  Maybe he needs to find a "safe space".  Everybody just calm down....it was poorly handled but hardly that big a deal.
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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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I haven't looked for a start from scratch option, but I haven't yet found something I am unable to delete.
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Anxious to kick the tires on this new builder!! :)
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I too, want to totally rebuild my site. I don't mind the extra cost, but would like to have the program before the cost goes up...
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Vicki the cost increase is for everyone regardless which builder they use and begins with November billing. There hasn't been a release date given yet for the new program, but the estimate is a couple of months so it's doubtful you will be able to have the program before the cost increase.
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This is correct. You can lock in the current prices if you are on a 1 or 2 year plan, plus get the savings of longer terms. The increase will be reflected in the first billing after November 3rd, so if you just paid for 2 years, then you will not see the increase for 2 years.
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Almost 20 years, uncountable websites, god help me!!  But must of us vets have already added drop down menus, and sliders, (CSS sliders work the best with homestead).  I hope it's worth it, but homestead is SO outdated compared to everyone else.  I believe it was PC magazine somewhere around 1998, named Homestead the best site builder on the market, and I believe it was free!
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The price is effective in Nov but the proposed rollout isn't until the end of the year?  
I think someone dropped the ball in marketing.  Perhaps a price increase announcement should have come first, just because, well, there was a price increase.  Deal with it.  But then announce the roll out of the new sitebuilder.  People will complain about a price increase but they are complaining more now bc they're getting charged for what appears to be something for nothing - and before it's even available.
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You are 100% right Michele. And I'm still chuckling a bit over it and wondering who on earth was so obtuse as to not see what the reactions would be. Perhaps it was just a case of excitement over having a new and improved and updated version. Who knows! :)
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i just told someone on chat - that someone in marketing really got this wrong - and to me the email is very misleading - price increase and a responsive web design well we r getting an increase but no responsive design - and she said end of the year but that isn't true is it?
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Lori everyone will see the increase and there is a new web site builder coming ... it's the when that seems to be a bit up in the air. Soon I hope!
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yes - i get it - but i have to go somewhere else - product launch web site that i really was excited about building with homestead but ah.... not available
can't launch a product without mobile/tablet etc... not in 2016
thanks for responding Susan
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This really is a let down.  I have been with Homestead since around 2002.  I have three business websites that I have built with it that are current, but I have built more.  I just finished rebuilding my main one. 

Homestead is EASY to use and that is why I have stayed with it, but if I have to completely rebuild my sites to use the new responsive site, I think I will be moving on.  At the moment, I am building a WordPress.org site and have found that the learning curve is about the same and the the overall product is far, far superior.

Perhaps Homestead will come up with a way to make the rebuilding process easier than building from scratch.  If not, it will only be a matter of time before I leave my old friend Homestead.com
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You don't like the new software? Did you try it?
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Not yet.  I am building another website at WP and I am stuck in the final phases of that.  I had heard this new change was coming and I was ready to do it, but I didn't realize I had to completely rebuild my site.  Have you used it?  Did you build a new site or rebuild? 
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Your current sites still use the old builder, but any new sites use the new platform. I built an entire 10 page site in MUCH less time on the new platform. There are so many more options, and gives you the ability to do much more professional things.
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I wonder if the old builder is going to be updated, or simply phased out?  Do you need a Dudamobile site with the new builder?
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No need for the dudamobile. The site is automatically built mobile. You can also edit the mobile view by switching the views. Very easy.
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If I have to rebuild my old sites, which are all on the first page of Google and the other major search engines, I might as well do it with a more up-to-date platform like WP.org.  I basically don't even use the HS themes any longer, just the shell and completely customize it.

We'll see how it goes, but I am leaning towards departing.
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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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