Professinal Web Designers - How can we help Homestead step up to the plate?

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I've been working with, and LOVING Homestead for over ten years. I have over 50 websites, clients who depend on me and I don't want to have to find an alternative.

In Hawaii, we have a concept called ALOHA....I know all of us, believe me, including me, have been really angry and frustrated and fed up with the new things going on (or not) at Homestead.

AND, moving my sites to another server, where we don't have the same history of great support and things that can work, and the ability to provide websites to people who can't pay a fortune for them, would be more than frustrating and hard to do.

I know that for every frustrating thing Homestead has going on right now, they have a history of at least three things that have kept me here, believing in and supporting them for a decade.

What I know is that cheerleaders get more done than boos and naysaying and wishing them to go out of business, etc., etc., etc.

They have served us, meeting us where we needed them to be, and I say, let's all work together to cheer them on, and help where we can.

I'm talking here to the few I know who are like me...serving web clients, and building websites that work.

I know there are also people here to don't know that you have to purchase a URL to get your site to show up - Homestead support has to serve them too. That's one market they serve.

Let's band together, help one another, and give the support staff a break. Perhaps we could list the most important things we need them to focus on, and find out if and when they can address those things.

What do you think? Where thoughts go, things grow, and I for one don't want to encourage Homestead to fail. I Need them to show up. Let's help make it happen!
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Julia3390

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  • hoping, helping, confident that Homestead Technicians and support staff will step up as they always have.

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Angela W, Product Manager

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Julia, Wow! Thank you for starting this dialog! I'm anxious to see the ideas and conversations that develop from this idea. We'll continue to monitor this thread but I want to sincerely thank you for your willingness to help us! It's inspiring!
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I too have been with Homestead for about 10 years. It is because of Homestead giving me the tools to create a website, that we a very successful today. I never want to give up My Desktop Sitbuilder and hope they will still continue to take care of us.

Opened Deskop yesterday and a window came up. UPDATING.......

Yea! They still love us and are taking care of us. Don't ever abandon Us or the Destop engine that drive you to success including your merge with Intuit.

www.JCBling.com

PS 2 famous quotes that hepled me build my website.
Ross Pero: " Find out who has the most successful business in your field. Copy it and make it better."
Donald Trump "Stomp the Competion" .....Look at what they do for Products, Art and Graphics and try and make it better.
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Thanks for the praise folks. We appreciate your comments and your feedback is how we get better!
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Fell into this discussion trying to find a homestead solution. My understanding is that even if I hire a design service at homestead, they will not be able to convert supplied html to the interactive sitebuilder? I am NOT html savvy, which is why I have so enjoyed the direct interactive through homestead sitebuilder to build my sites. Now that i've hired someone who supplies the web design through HTML, i have to make changes ONLY in html? Is there a go around? If my sitebuilder translates into html for my site to publish, can html be translated to my sitebuilder?
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Hello,

If your site is designed to be custom HTML pages, they can not be used within our SiteBuilder. We do not have a way to convert any HTML files into usable SiteBuilder files. You are correct in SiteBuilder makes HTML files from your pages, but the reverse isn't possible.

A website designed with one of our web designers will create a site that is professional and editable inside our SiteBuilder. We even design a 'template page' that you can use to create new pages off of while keeping the same custom designed theme.
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That was my understanding, and I have used the templates for several sites. Unfortunately this is getting to be a serious issue since I crowd-source for this work now to make the designs competitive. I am very happy with sitebuilder, but I will need to start looking for a way to get around this issue soon.

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I don't know about anyone else, but I have hardly encountered any problems with Homestead for quite a while now.

I am surprisingly happy with the Sitebuilder Plus, having reluctantly (we all mistrust change) changed over on even my most complex sites. all is working well.

I never knew there was one, but I think I found the boundary of the longest page. Seems to be 30,000 pixels! http://www.calleyoneill.com/Media.html

It's okay...I just saved as, and created another page.

With my five websites for Calley O'Neill, artist, yoga instructor, wedding officiator, you can type in her name alone, or Calley, Rama, or Calley, Yoga, and come up with 10-12 PAGES of her on Google. Content is king.

Yes, I know, I still have to go back and add alternate text for all of these jpegs. Just trying to chronicle her many years of media coverage. One small-town artist is going BIG with Homestead websites.

Thanks!

Julia
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That is great Julia! We love to hear the success stories!
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I am glad everyone here is loyal and so am I, but do need to get it happening on my Mac. Tried to follow the Sitebuilder Plus directions but could not find it on the edit button drop down list. Do you guys to put it on my drop down list and let me know when I can continue with changing to the online process.

Cheers Matty
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Hello,

We have to switch you to Sitebuilder Plus. Please confirm that you have published all changes from Sitebuilder and are logged out of Sitebuilder by posting here. When I am done converting I will let you know and you can log in and edit.

Drew
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Thank you for your reply. Please go ahead with conversion. Am looking forward to getting back to work on my websites. Matty
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Matty5242, Your account has been converted.
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Julia3390 Thanks for starting this thread.

I too have been with Homestead a long time, around 1996, like when it was free! I sent an e-mail to the originator "Justin Kitch" thanking him for starting Homestead and helping me set up my business, designing websites for business's in my local area.

At the time he wrote back saying Homestead was not intended for businesses to create websites for others, only to help individuals build their websites, but maybe
starting a web design company could be a great thing and he gave me a congratulatory go ahead, and I have never looked back.

Working with Site Builder Desk Top, has given me everything I need and help me build a flourishing business. I am grateful for the help I get from everyone although Homestead has been sold several times in the past and idea's come and go. The latest idea seems to be Site Builder Plus.

Site builder Plus has met with push back from long time members and I feel that the effort to persuade members is loosing steam. I indeed love the way Site Builder works and I have tried to work with Site Builder Plus, it is missing many features of
of Site Builder Desk Top and just lately it has become very unstable and troublesome, according to comments from feed back of relatively new Homestead members.

Site Builder Desk Top has been quoted by many IT magazines as the most user friendly and most dynamic way to design Web Sites. Need I say more.

Thank you.
     

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