how to migrate my current sites from sitebuilder to website builder

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I can't find a tutorial for this.  Do I have to rebuild each site in website builder?
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You will have to rebuild the sites.  Easiest way is to open your site in a separate window, drag your files/photos into a folder for uploading on the desktop and then cut and  paste existing copy into the new builder.  You will likely find that this is a good time to edit and make sure your text and SEO matches.  Seems like a real pain, but I've done it a dozen times already and it doesn't take long.  Some of the tools are a bit hidden because the new controls are grouped together, but they are all there and most are actually easier to access.  Good luck-you're going to really like it!
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That is unbelievable.  Absolutely unbelievable.... that I have to re-build the sites in order to use the cloud-based builder.  I already have a couple of sites in Wix, so if I have to re-build it will be on that platform.  Been a Homestead customer for something like 20 years.
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I, too, have been with Homestead for a really long time.  Wix is OK for some things (I have used it on occasion), but personally I prefer the Homestead Builder and the better tools.  I understand your frustration on having to do it again, but the old Site Builder is just that...old and it is incompatible with the newer technology.  Before you bail, maybe just give the Website Builder a whirl and see what you think of it. 
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Hello Kate,

While I also really recommend using Website Builder for your sites and encourage you to rebuild your sites in that program if you can, I want to make sure we are all on the same page here.

I see that you use Sitebuilder Desktop for your sites. Are you referring to being able to use the cloudbased version of that builder, called Sitebuilder Plus? If so, that is very easy to use and you do not have to rebuild to do so. Log into your Homestead account, click on Websites Manager, find the website you want to edit from the drop down menu, and click the arrow next to Edit Site. Choose Edit with Sitebuilder Plus.
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I'd be interested to hear about what tools you feel are superior Lynn - if they sound compelling then i might take a look.  What I can't wrap my head around is that someone at Endurance made the conscious decision not to invest in building a migration tool for the new platform.  That shows a contempt for their existing customer base that boggles.  

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I am running out to a meeting, but will answer you in a little while.  
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So- what do I like about Homestead tools?  I really like the fact that all the "elements" can be controlled from one window.  There is a section scroller tool which is great for long content (especially in mobile).  The mobile co-editor is pretty good and it works!  It's an easy task to integrate Paypal.  The styles and settings tools for any element is dynamic and easy to use.  The built in guides keep everything in line for both mobile and desktop/laptop. The elements are very flexible (a feature I do not find easy in WIX) and the page info/SEO stuff in Manage Pages is great.  It is automatically secure. I have found that the templates are very very customizable.  I am using the same template for 2 sites and you would never know it.  I also am very pleased with the ability to build all these sites in one account and easily toggle between them.  (NOT a feature in WIX or GoDaddy) So, that's why I stick with Homestead. I liked Sitebuilder Plus, but it is so old hat now and needs to be retired.  I was really nervous having to rebuild but am very happy that I have switched to the new software.  Hope that helps you. 
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write down your observations.  Very much appreciated!
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Elyzabeth, no... I was referring to migrating to what I thought was the preferred product, and the one that would be the most supported.... Website Builder.  I was not aware that there was a cloud-based Sitebuilder.  Will Sitebuilder Plus continue to be supported, and more importantly, continue to be improved? 
And that will allow me to rebuild the site at my leisure while my current one is live? If so, once I have the new site build in Website builder, I can then replace the current one by simply "replacing" it with the new one, which is responsive, correct? That is most important to me.. for mobile and tablet viewing.
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Correct! You'll just switch the domain over to the new site whenever you are ready to go live with it!
Then yes. Please do. At least I know I can take my time to figure it out without having my live site affected. 
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Of course, that has been added! Now, when you go into Websites Manager in your Homestead account, you'll see an option in the top right corner that says "Add New Website"
I see it. Thank you.
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I just don't have the time to rebuild a website I have built for over 10 years.  Goodness, there has to be another way? 
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Where do I find the website builder?
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If you go into Websites Manager in your Homestead account, you just have to Add a new Website.
This new site will automatically be created in Website Builder and you just need to give it a site name to start building.
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Do I call the site the same as my current domain?  I do not want to lose the name!
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You can, but don't add the .com. The site name will end in .homesteadcloud.com. Then once you are done building the site, you can switch the domain over. You will use the same domain name.
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Oh gosh, this is not going to be easy at all.  Maybe for some people,  but it has taken me years to build the site I have and trying to conform it to this new platform is too much.  It will take me weeks, maybe months to build this on the new platform and it won't be the same so have to design it all over again.  I do not have the funds to pay someone to build a new website and just want to be able to use the regular homestead sitebuilder.  Frustrated. 
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Elyzabeth,  20 year customer here also....How will transitioning  my current website, with no changes,  to Website Builder affect the public searching for me on google and other search engines?  I am concerned that the search engines will have to reindex everything and this will negatively impact search engine speed and page position.  tnx
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Hello Kenneth,

Moving to Website Builder will, at least temporarily, affect your SEO. Any large change like that to your site will have this kind of impact. This can be rebuilt and ultimately it would be an improvementin the eyes of Google to have your site mobile friendly, responsive, and secure.
Just make sure to keep your page names the same, to lessen the impact this change will have.

If you want to talk to our SEO team about how they can assist with this transition, I can have them call you to discuss those services.
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Ok, then how about I keep my current site as is,  then build another similar site on Website Builder, and run the two simultaneously until I'm sure that the new one is fully indexed, etc.  Would it be as simple as purchasing another domain for $99/year and transferring all or maybe do a more modern redesign?  tnx, ur very helpful
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Actually, it would be even easier. Just log into your Homestead account, click on Websites Manager and "Add New Website". You will choose a site name (Not a domain name, just a name in our system for the site) and design, then you can start building. You can purchase a new domain, but I would recommend using your old one. You can just switch it over when you are ready.

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