Fixing the Website Builder 404 error

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Some of you might come across the error that can happen with Website Builder sites. It looks like this:




If you see this, have no fear. This is an easy fix.



Step 1: Log out of Website Builder. Everywhere. This fix will not work if the builder is still open anywhere.



Step 2: Log into your Homestead account at homestead.com  and click on Websites Manager



Step 3: Choose the site that is experiencing the error from your list of sites (if you have more than one) and click "Rename"






Step 4: Type a "1" at the end of your site name. (You can then, immediately, delete the "1" if you prefer that to not be in your site name. It doesn't matter), click the yellow button that says "Check Availability", then click "Save"


















Step 5: Go re-publish and enjoy your functional published site!
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Yes, I tried that already and it did not work. I called tech support and the rep could not fix the problem either. Looks like an issue on your end. The rep escalated this matter onward. Now I have no functioning website desktop or mobile. 
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I am trying to follow the instructions, but the screenshots do not match what I am seeing.  Also, how does one "log out" of Website Builder?  The only thing I can see is to click on the menu at the top left, click on account home at the bottom, and then log out from there.  Am I missing something?
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Hello,

Your website is working, so you either already got these instructions to work or you don't need to do them.
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I have tried this fix and is still not working
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I see that you have spoken with support, were they able to help resolve your question?
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It did not work...now I have 2 pages coming up Error 404
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You are using Sitebuilder Plus, not WebsiteBuilder, so these instructions wouldn't apply to you.
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Elyzabeth , Official Rep

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Your issue is that you need to fix the links in the navigation menu on your site. I suggest you browser for the page, not try to manually type the name in
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Site is down. Cannot do business.

Website pennduidefense.com is not loading.  As this is the primary means of retaining my services, this is not good.   It appears that all traffic yesterday was from France.  I don't operate in France.  HELP!
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Hello,

Please follow these instructions to resolve this error
Will Homestead be charging another set up fee for the name changes?
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Elyzabeth , Official Rep

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Hello,

No because it is not creating another site, just updating the name of the current one.
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It works Well Now Thanks

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Doesn't work. You've posted this response everywhere and it just doesn't work.
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Hello David6287, 

Is there something I can help with?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Getting a 404 file not found message on new domain..

Getting a 404 file not found message on new domain. http://www.mandalaridgeretreats.com/ Tried to rename home to index. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Thanks for any help/guidance.
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I am having the same issue on my new page InnovativeRVservice.com, I have followed your instructions at the top of this post and still get the same results. Can you point me in a direction to fix this?
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Thank you, I see this content built in sitebuilder, is this similar to what you built? 

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As a start yes.
On the about for the site builder it shows version 1 (.net) built at 2014-09-09 13:22
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Got it, thanks. The 404 error was due to the incorrect DNS settings. I got the DNS pointed to Sitebuilder and you will be able to build and publish what you have in Sitebuilder Desktop going forward. You will need to allow some time for the changes to the DNS to propagate and show the site.
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Awesome!! Thank you so much. The homestead team is always great to work with and help.
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You are very welcome.

I do also want to mention that going forward with your Homestead account, any new websites will need to be added in WebsiteBuilder from logging in at Homestead.com and selecting add new website.