How do I create a new site?

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Homestead has a couple different builders that have been used over the years. There was the original Sitebuilder Desktop. That program is limited in it's use, since it is an older program that is less compatible with modern systems. There is Sitebuilder Plus. This is the online version of the Sitebuilder Desktop program. It can only be used on existing sites that are already utilizing the program. Then, there is Website Builder. This is our newest builder that all new sites are created on. To create a new Website Builder site:

1) Log in to your Homestead account.
    Click on the Websites Manager tab, then click on Add New Website.
Note: If you do not see Add New Website, then your 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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are there only 216 templates to choose from?
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Yes, the templates you see under "Choose Design" are the ones we have available.
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Why does my Sitebuilder page looks different than the one from the image (with the K-9 training)? My Sitebuilder page looks 15 years old and it's very hard to use. Is this related to the design template?
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This is because your site is an older site, so it was built using our older builder. The images in this article are related to our newer builder that we launched 2 years ago. You are certainly welcome to use that builder, but you would need to rebuild your site in that builder.
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I'm trying to do that. When I clicked on 'change design', my screen looks totally different. I don't have the category tab and the blank template option. Instead it asks me for the business type, website personality, website purpose, and target customer. 
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Right, because your site is on an older builder. If you are in your site and choose "Change Design" it is going to give you template options in that older builder. You need to rebuild your site in the newer builder, not change the design of your site in the older builder. The options will not look identical, there is no longer a "blank template" option, but everything else is the same.
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But how do you access the old site?  I have a multisite option.  I talked with a guy about adding a new site, responsive site, and did.  But now I do not know how to go back and access my old cupiderosbooks.com site with webmanager?
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Hello,

You would need to log into your Homestead account, go under Websites Manager and choose which site you want to edit from the drop down menu provided.
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I am ready to throw Homestead away. I DO NOT WANT TO BUILD A NEW WEBSITE. I am happy with what I have and don't have time to build a new one
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Hello Helen,

No one is forcing you to rebuild your site. If you received an email regarding our newer builder, WebsiteBuilder, which prompted this reaction, we are just informing you of your options. We wouldn't be doing our job if we had a better product to offer and didn't tell you about it. At that point, it is your choice to use it or not.
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I am having a lot of trouble with site builder but when I open website manager there is no tab to initiate website builder as suggested in the instructions 
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When you're logged into your Homestead account and click on Websites Manager, do you see this option in the top right corner of your screen? I just logged in and I can see it in your account on my end.


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I like the selection but I want to alter the existing templates.  Can I do that?
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Hello,

Yes any template you choose is fully customizable. You can change any part of them you want!
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I have a site that is so outdated it is easier to build a new one than to edit existing one. Can I build a new site and then replace the one I have with it? How should I go about it?
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Hello,

Yes you can! You would start by first adding a new site https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-create-a-new-site.
Once you are done building it, you can attach any existing domain to it with these instructions https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how_can_i_switch_my_domain_to_a_new_site_i_built

I would recommenced checking out the YouTube video tutorials to help you get familiar with the new builder. https://www.youtube.com/user/homesteadwebsites.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions during the process. 
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I started with the new site and have a question. How can I create a template page? I need many similar pages - same layout, fonts and background, the difference is in the images and text. In desktop version of sitebuilder I created a template page and used "save as" option to make a new page. But there is no such tool in this new site builder. It is generally very different and counter-intuitive for me, I struggle through every element and every page... 
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Once you have your template page created, you can use the duplicate page X2 icon to create a new page with the same content, then you can just change out images/text to fit that page. 

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Thank you!
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I have a question about upgrade. My current package is "Website Gold Plus Package". When I go to "upgrade" from the site builder it offers me to add $9.99 per month. What services I shall have if I upgrade that I don't have now? 
Another question is technical about the sitebuilder - is there an option to "fold" a section on a page so it unfolds when a certain button is clicked?
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The upgrade is for the eCommerce or online store feature. You gain access to upload products, connect to a payment processor and have a professional online store page for your customers to purchase products directly from your site. 

No, there is not a way to hide or fold a entire section and reveal it with an action. 
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Is there a limit to the number of items I can have in such online store?  
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There is not a limit that has been set for the number of products in the store.
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Thank you. I have one more question - page CEO. I want to know what each of these mean: Title, Keywords, Description, Page Meta Tags. What is their purpose, how they are used by search engines and what is the format for each. I don't expect you to answer here - just direct me to a place where I can read about it. Generally, I would be asking much less question if the new site builder had a written manual explaining all the options. For instance, I can't find how to change the word "button" on the button, how to copy element from one page to another, how to add a search element etc.
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No problem. Title is the information that shows in search engines as well as in the small window tab when you are on the site. Keywords are words/phrases you think people may be searching for and help show your website as a result and meta tags are codes that are generated for keywords also. Here is more information on those settings https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/websitebuilder-page-titles-and-descriptions.

If you double click on the word "button" you will see the blinking cursor and you are able to delete that word and replace the text with whatever you desire it to read. 
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One more question - if I add upgrade and than decide it doesn't meet my needs - can I cancel the subscription and return to my current plan?
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Yes, that is correct, you can remove any add on service at anytime.