In Homestead, there are two ways "to go mobile": WebsiteBuilder and DudaMobile. What are PROS and CONS for each?

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I understand that with Homestead, there are two ways "to go mobile": building a completely new website with the new Website Builder, or using DudaMobil which helps to create a 'mobile view' of your existing website.  What are the PROS and CONS for each? Thanks everyonel.
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Todd H, Social Media Specialist

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Dudamobile was a mobile-friendly solution for existing Sitebuilder Plus websites. The mobile editor with WebsiteBuilder is built into the editor to keep it under one platform.
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Thank you. I understand that. But what are the Pros and Cons of each, when making a decision on whether to “upgrade” the existing Sitebuilder Plus website with DudaMobile, or built a completely new website with WebsiteBuilder?
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Personally, I would go with WebsiteBuilder if I were you Igor. I used Sitebuilder Plus with Dudamobile for a couple years and found Dudamobile really hard to use. Some of the elements didn't update well, and I ended up having to do a lot of extra editing to get a good look each time I made a change. WebsiteBuilder fixed all of that for me.
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Thank you very much, Cathy. I have been with Homestead for many years, and was very happy until I’ve learned that Google was now penalizing the “mobile unfriendly” websites. Realizing that Homestead has lots of updates to do to catch-up with the competitors and to keep us the clients happy. I’ve read mixed comments on the internet and wonder about the pace of this transition and how it would affect Homestead’s clients in the immediate future?
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The following question is for a Homestead representative, Hope to hear back soon, thanks.

When using DudaMobile with SiteBuilder plus to create a mobile version of the existing website, does the original DESKTOP VIEW of the existing website stay untouched?
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Yes, the desktop view is not affected by Dudamobile. As soon as you remove Dudamobile, you would see your original desktop website would load on a mobile device instead of redirecting to a mobile-version of your website.
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But wouldn’t you have to tweak and change some things in desktop view, in order to make a DudaMobile view look decent?
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I would recommend going through the Dudamobile steps to see how it constructs your website to best get an understanding and visual of how it builds from your desktop website.
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When published with DudaMobile, what would people see on their desktop, the mobile view version of my website? Would they be able to switch to my desktop view version?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Using DudaMobile for SiteBuilder.

The following question is for a Homestead representative, Hope to hear back soon, thanks.

When using DudaMobile with SiteBuilder to create a mobile version of the existing website, does the ORIGINAL DESKTOP VIEW of the existing website stay untouched or I have to play with that too? Thanks.
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Hi Igor:
Using Duda to construct a mobile friendly web site will have no effect on the existing website. Be careful with Duda I opened two applications with Duda for two separate
websites, both were set up as free accounts but after a year I was charged for one of
the accounts even after a closed both accounts. I had to close my credit card account
to prevent Duda from an unauthorized charge.
 
One more thing, If your website was built with site builder desktop, the website is already be mobile view able.   
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Thank you so very much, every bit helps.
Since my Homestead desktop website is massive and with the free plan on Duda one can get only 10 pages, what if I sync and make only 10 pages “mobile friendly,” and then I link these mobile friendly pages to the rest of my desktop view pages. Wondering if this scenario might work?
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Good Morning Igor, I'm not sure if that will work, Here is a suggestion, make your pages have two parts. In other words your first page would be the top part of the page and the second page would be the bottom part of the page. Click the "link" icon on the
edit section on top of the page then you can add the second page to the bottom of the page. Good Luck and let me know how you make out.