Migrate a site from Sitebuilder to the Online Website Builder?

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We received an email stating our current site will be flagged by Google as unsecure because it does not have HTTPS enabled with a SSL certificate.  The email states we can get a free SSL certificate by "moving over to the online Website Builder product".  How do we do this?  There are no instructions included, can't find anything on the Homestead site, can't find anything when we log into the account.

I've also seen posts of people building more than one site within their account and switching the domain over to the other site but I don't see where I can create multiple websites within my account.

We may actually like the online builder better but don't know.  The old SiteBuilder is a PITA.  Need help.
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Once you log into your account and choose Website Manager, you will see "Add a website" on the right side.  This will build a new site in Website Builder by default.  Best (only) way to migrate info is to cut and paste from your old site, download all files from your old site then drop them back into the NEW site.  Your file manager is located in ELEMENTS panel now.  It's a little bit of a pain, but you will like the new templates and formats (and mobile compatibility is built in-very important feature)  Once you do all that, then just associate your domain name to the new site in the Domains Manager (at log in page)
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Lynn, I'm sorry but nothing about this seems intuitive, and it appears Homestead is doing the absolute minimum amount it/they can get away with. 
From my perspective, Homestead should provide its users an automated conversion process, especially in the case of customers using Homesead websites (e.g., mysite.homestead.com).
Second best would be providing a real guide to show users how to perform the migration. When you say "cut and paste from your old site", what do you mean. Do you have to move every object individually? If so, give examples of the steps to follow for different ket object types, such as text boxes and images.
Can I have my old site up on one browser page, with the new one up on another, and just copy/paste between them; of what?
Also, how exactly do I download the files from my old site? I see hoe to copy or move them within directories in your File Manager, but do not see how to download them to my PC.
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An "automated conversion process" between the old builder and the new one is impossible. They are two completely different systems. You need to create a new site. Just log in to homestead.com , click on Websites Manager, and click "Add New Website"
It will ask you to name the site, and then choose your design. It will automatically bring you into the new builder. You can definitely have the site up in another tab to reference. Text can be cut and pasted. Pictures would need to be uploaded to the new builder like you had to do to bring them into Sitebuilder. Any other objects would have to be recreated. Any elements (text, an image, a button) can be added by clicking "+Elements" in the menu on the left. It is the same basic concept as the old builder. Click the plus sign to add new elements. Click on an element to see the options you have for editing it.

To archive the information from your Sitebuilder site, follow the instructions in this article.

One recommendation I have heard from customers that might help you, there are two icons at the top of the builder. One looks like a computer, one like a phone. This will toggle back and forth for editing your desktop and mobile site. As you build your desktop site, also edit the mobile. It will save you a headache trying to fix the mobile once the desktop site is fully finished.

There are tons of posts here in Community that should help with the building, if you search for something you need. You can also post any questions you have.

Here are Youtube tutorial videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xbyEqz51Npif-TdHSokhw/videos

Build the site, and when you are done, you can post in here for help changing the site association or look at the instructions in this article
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Jon if you want some free help, I can perhaps talk you through some of the steps. It might be faster for you.  I tutor my website owners all the time and they seem to "get it." Don't be frustrated because when you are done you will be really happy. Go to my website for contact info at picturethismultimedia.com PS: yes you can open in one browser window and cut/paste to the new one.  
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Lynn1286, thanks for offering help. I may take you up on this, but think I need to give myself a "timeout" for a day or two, as the whole need to get into this frustrates me and I need to settle down. In part my problem is that I'm using a homestead site rather than buying a domain, so I may be taking on a lot of work to save $25. I do need to learn the new web builder tool, obviously, but perhaps not all at once and not on a conversion. 
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I get it.  I am here if you need help when you are ready.
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Hey Annette7936

With your account, you actually only have one site available. If you would like, I can add the ability to have an additional site to build for $2/month. Once you get the site built and move your domain over, you can delete the old site and get that addon downgraded.
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I didn't know you guys had a program that only has one site...sorry for the bad info to Annette! 

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Our starter plan only allows for one website, unless they add additional sites as an add-on. No worries. Aside from that, the rest of your reply was very helpful!
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Thank you for the replies.  I guess I'll have to try to upgrade our account to build a new website.

Jon - You couldn't have expressed my frustration any better.  At a minimum, there should be an article or tutorial explaining the basic process.  The email I received tells me I need to change over to the online version but there is absolutely NO help listed anywhere, no links to learn more, so suggestions, nothing.  Pretty lame.  If you're going to tell people they need to do something, then you'd better provide basic instructions for HOW to start.

I hope the online version is better than the desktop version. That thing is a royal pain to use and I never looked forward to making updates.  If this isn't easier, I'll be moving on...
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Here is an article on how to create a new website (Automatically created in Website Builder):


https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-create-a-new-site

Here are Youtube tutorial videos that have the basics for getting started in Website Builder:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xbyEqz51Npif-TdHSokhw/videos


When you create a new Website Builder site, and choose a template, it does bring you through a walk-through of the builder.


Any other questions you have, feel free to search in Community. There are a ton of articles here with instructions if you search for something specific. If you have a suggestion for an article you feel would be useful to have that hasn't been created yet, feel free to post a question or idea for it and myself, or one of our Community members will be happy to help

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