How do I create a new site?

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1) Log in to your Homestead account. Click on the Websites Manager page., then click on Add New Website.
Note: If you do not see Add new Website, then you account has reached its limit on sites. 2 additional sites can be made available for $2/month



2) Please provide a unique name for the site. This is just a placeholder that your site will be built under until you choose a domain name. Alternatively, you can choose to only use the site name, in which case, your site will work with the .homesteadcloud.com URL.
Click Add this Site. If the site name is already in use, you will be prompted to choose a different name.
You do not enter a domain name in this space.
If your name is available, you will be taken back to the Websites Manager page.



3) If you are ready to move on, click Choose Design.



4) Select a category and/or search for keywords. You may also just browse through them by changing pages at the bottom.



5) When you find a template, hover your mouse over that template and Click the select button to see a preview.



6) If you like the preview, click Select this Design. If you want to look at more options, select Close.

  • At this time, it is not possible to change a template on a site. You would need to create a new site and pick a new template.


7) Clicking Select this Design will now bring you to the editor.

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This looks great except I do not have the "Add New Website" tab on the Websites Manager page. Ummmm...what's up?
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Drew N, Community Manager

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Your site is limited to only 1 website. You can add 2 sites for $2. When you are done building the new site, you can delete the old and we can remove the additional sites.
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Wow. I am feeling a little used Drew. I cannot upgrade without paying for a second site and I am already be charged more for the limited service. The professionalism and ethics your online service is promoting is discouraging.
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We are sorry but unfortunately we did have to raise the hosting fees this year by $2/month on all accounts to keep in line with rising costs. The starter package has always allowed just one site. The costs associated with building a second site on a starter account have remained unchanged. As always, once you have built the new site, you can delete the old one and we can remove those unnecessary add ons. This assumes that you want the existing site to stay up and running while you build the new one. If you don't want the added expense we can add the new site for you under the new builder and delete the old site right away. You would have no site while you build the new one, but there would be no additional expense either.
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if I have to pay more I'm going somewhere else to get a website
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Access to New Responsive Design Website Builder.

How do I access/download the new responsive design software so I can start rebuilding my site with it ? Thanks.
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Jeffrey5147, No need to download anything. Just, create a new site and it will utilize the new builder.
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Thanks Drew. I will have to take a closer look to see if I have more questions. I  am still a little uncertain how the transition to the new website would work.
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Sure thing. All new sites will default to the new builder. On your old site(s), you can continue to use Sitebuilder. The builders will both be active for you, but they can not be used on a site created in the other builder.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Duhhhh?.

I have several sites reserved that I have yet to enliven. However, they each feed into something about alicornservices, the site I've partially developed. I'm not clear about why each site doesn't have it's own labeled feed-in. Jay Halpern
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Is there not a way to start from scratch? I would really love to design my own site.
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Maurice read my response to your other post. But to answer again ... choose a template and simply delete all the elements and you have a blank page.  :)
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I never thought of that. I'll check out your other post...  Thanks a bunch Susan.
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:) You're most welcome.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My Edit button on Website Manager page does not have a drop down menu. How do I c....

I want to change templates and start over. The Edit button on my Websites Manager page does not have a drop down menu so I don't see a "change template" option. How do I start over with a new template?
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You must create a new site to change the template.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Which are the newest templates/designs?.

How do we find the most up to date and newest templates/designs?
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Theresa9674, you need to create a new site and it will automatically assign the new Websitebuilder with the newest templates.
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I went into my website, altered as offered successfully, then could not access several of the listed options: nothing happened in spite of repeated selecting.  Now, I try to contact you and the page just blinks off and on.  What gives?  I'm not a happy camper.  Jay Halpern
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This question does not appear to be relevant to the posted topic

Please reference the new conversation here: I am having a problem with my account
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I view other templates?.

Is there a way I can view other templates without deleting my own?
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You can create a new website so you can look at new templates. You can build the new site while the old stays active. When ready, you can then move the domain to the new site.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Want add a web site for another brand.

New Web site addition/ i have a website gold plus package with Homestead. Recently I created another Brand and want a separate website for it. I have already secured a domain via GoCentral and was going to use them to create a website for the new brand. After the free trial I was unhappy with the limitations of their (GoDaddy) web site builder and want to go to Homestead instead. As I have the Website Gold Plus package, am I able to create another separate web site and how do I point my domain away from to GoCentral or GoDaddy and point to a new site on Homestead. Is there an additional monthly fee to have another web site? Please contact me, I need help.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I view design options before deleting current design? Like to know what's....

I am considering changing our website to a new design, but I would like to view the design options before doing so. How do I do that? When I select Choose another design, the only option I get is Delete and view designs.
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You can create a new site to view the designs. Unfortunately you can not convert an existing site to a new design without starting over.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to start using Website Builder?.

I wanted to re-build my website (which was built using SiteBuilder Plus), so I added a temporary domain so that my original could stay running while I build the new one, and under "Domains" it lists them both, and now I don't know how to get into the new Website Builder to edit it!
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You need to create a new site first. Follow the instructions at the top
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I do not have "Add a New Website." When I go to Domains, I have two different ones. I paid the extra $2 to add a domain (with a $5 startup cost) and they are duplicated when I look them up online. All I see next to "Your Websites" is "Add a Domain."
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Unfortunately, on a starter account you only are allotted one website. You may add extra domain separately, and you may add extra websites separately. We can add the ability for you to create 2 more websites for an additional $2/month. If we add that, you will see the add new website. A domain and a website are 2 separate items.
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Ok, so where do I go to add another website?
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Drew N, Community Manager

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I have added it for you. You should see the Add new Website link now.
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I really, really want to update my site and transfer my domain name over to it. I'm scared of putting in all the work in building an entirely new site and then not being able to transfer my original domain name over (because I do not want .homesteadcloud.com after it!). Will I be able to transfer my EXACT original name since I own it anyway? And is it difficult to transfer over?
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You can easily change the site association of the domain to the new site.
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It say's to build a new site you must pick a new name... So if you ultimately want to build a new one, and then delete the old one and use that new one in place of the original, can you then use the original name again? Am I making sense? lol
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Yes Sarah. That name is just a folder name for the system. You will be able to move your domain to the new site whenever you like.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want to completely change my web page design.

My web site is 8 years old. I want to give it a totally new look. How do I do that without losing what I have until I am finished.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where to download websitebuilder?.

I've been using Sitebuilder Plus for the past few years and I just found out about Websitebuilder, but can't find any information on getting it.  Can someone please tell me how to download it?  Thanks.
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Hi Dan2539, there is no download. You just need to create a new site and it will use Websitebuilder.
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I would have to remake my entire site as a new one?
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Unfortunately yes. The differences are too great to allow a conversion.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled update business website.

can I update the website without losing my current?
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Anne1431, yes you can. Create a new site while the old one stays running. You can still edit the old one as well. When the new one is done, all you have to do is change the domain association to the new site.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I access or upgrade to SiteBuilder Plus?.

Hi I wish to change to sitebuilder plus so I can edit on my mac ( problem is system is telling me I must have this but no offering a link ) is it possible to have both available as my computer at work isnt a mac ? how do I downlaod it and how do I email you for questions other than using this forum please.

my email alignbodymindsoul@ymail.com
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Anthony7493, Every Homestead account can use the new Websitebuilder. If you create a new site, it will take you to the new templates and builder. Unfortunately, your old site can't be transferred, so it will take a little rebuilding, but that can be a good thing too.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I use Websitebuilder?.

My account reads SiteBuilder, not WebsiteBuilder. How do I get WebsiteBuilder?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: How do I add a blog in Websitebuilder?.
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davidvincentdec, just create a new site and it will use Websitebuilder
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled starting over with a new template.

I can't seem to start over with a new template. The drop down menu doesn't offer the change and I am told I can't delete the template I started because it has a domain attached to it. Please help.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cannot edit my website as it is telling me there no pages to load but I reopened ....

Every time I go to the website manager and select edit site, Site Builder tells me there are not pages to load
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Mary6229, You need to create a new site. Your account was closed for some time. There is no longer a site. You will need to start a new one.
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I am so frustrated, I want to get an answer to "How do I build a site from scratch WITHOUT using one of  your already-designed templates????!!!" And also, the new web builder does not have hundreds of templates and yes, I've read the instructions above and started a new site. But the only design choice I seem to have is to choose a template. 
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Hello Lily8613,

Yes it is true, with the new builder you have to choose a template. After that, EVERYTHING is able to be customized. If you want to start from a blank page, simply delete all elements from the template you choose OR add new pages that are "blank" and delete the pages from the template and then build the content  you want. 
Does that help?
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You can choose a template and delete or replace all of the image content.
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Hi! System shows me that I must upgrade to WebsiteBuilder for 9.99$pm, but doesn't show exactly what's included (how many pages, sites and etc). Currently I am on WebsiteGoldPlus. So is it plus 9.9$ to my package or replacing with old one?
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The upgrade is only for ecommerce on Website Builder. If you don't need that, you don't need to upgrade. The Website Builder itself doesn't cost anything.
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thanks a lot!