Some ideas for Sitebuilder Plus

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Drew please don't take this as offensive i'd much rather comment and hope they take it to heart if they are going towards online plus vs desktop.

When i switched the main things i disliked (and i liked the idea of a webbased version of sitebuilder) but these few main big things i saw as red flags.

First everytime you open a page and edit it it automatically put a homestead footer ad on the bottom of each page, i saw no way to turn that option off (if I am incorrect on that lmk) that is annoying and not necessary if I want that let me choose it vs applying it automatically.

Second, you can't work in multiple pages, in quite a few of my sites i want to carry something from one page to another so in sitebuilder desktop I have 3-4-5-6 pages open at once (in tabs) i saw no way to do this in the online version making things a bit slower to move things around if desired.

Third when you publish something you get that annoying popup about sharing it socially, i saw no way to turn that off either (annoying if you are doing a lot of editing) and again should have a way to turn that OFF vs being default.

Unless I am missing something I sure couldn't figure out how to turn those things off at least, I am sure in some corporate meeting they thought yes brand each page and yes include social media popus but to the end user (myself) it's annoying as heck!

I spent about an hr using it after they told me to just switch and i was ok with the switch but not with how the program worked vs the desktop version, those main things above are what i experienced right off the bat I didn't dig too deeply into it due to those glaring things to start, if you guys are focusing on the plus builder fix those things before you ask members like myself from the old days (i was with homestead when pages were free even).

I am not opposed to change or using an online editor just make it more like the desktop version and remove the spam and I am there.

Note: This topic was created from a reply on the Why is Homestead asking me to Upgrade to Publish my Website? topic.
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Drew N, Community Manager

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Hi William, I am in no way offended. You make some excellent points. I have split this off to it's own idea thread.

1) The footer can be turned of, but you do have to do it on each page if you are using an old desktop template. It is under Page settings in Plus.

2) It is true that you can't open multiple tabs in Plus, so from that standpoint it could slow you down a bit. Maybe the developers can think of something.

3) You are correct here as well, there is no way to turn it off. I have heard this request before.

Thanks for the great ideas, and be sure to hit the +1 so we can see what users want to see.

Thanks

Drew
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Yeah most of my pages are designed from scratch way back (some 10 yrs old even before the addition of the cool templates) and I saw no way to turn off the footer except to let it apply it automatically then go back and remove it (a big pain on some pages with many subpages) remember i was an old pages unlimited user so some sites have 30+ pages, having to go in and edit each page to remove a footer that plus adds automatically each time is very annoying.

The multiple tabs thing I didn't try it but wonder if i can go into page 1 copy close page one open page 2 and paste in (like i do with multiple tabs open at once) It might even work i had them turn off the plus after about an hr of messing with it but that was annoying.

The popup after publishing a page to add it to social meda etc wow that needs a do not show this next time checkbox i saw no way to turn that off and it got annoying fast making a few changes.

I didn't dig deeply into other features to see what else was different i just saw and experienced those things above and thought ok i do not want this.

I can see how cool it would be to sign in on any pc without having to install the program and do a quick edit, i liked the "idea" of it but once i started using it i realized it was influenced too much by corporate idea people vs real end users like myself because there is no way as a user i would ask for those features by default and i will stay away from it as long as i can, heck ill buy an old xp machine if i have to so i can still use sitebuilder desktop until or unless they fix these starting things.
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Thanks for your input! The more people that voice their opinions, the more likely it is that the developers will implement these changes.

Mike
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I concur.  That popup has got to go.  Also, deleting that footer took me FOREVER! Not being able to work on multiple pages has been a real problem too.  That has slowed me down considerably.  Can we open SiteBuilder Plus on several tabs and work on more than one page that way?  I don't think I'd have enough memory to do that though. I tried everything possible to get SiteBuilder Desktop to work with Windows 7 but failed over and over again and finally threw in the towel and had to switch to SiteBuilder Plus.  I surely miss the features that we had with the Desktop version.  Bringing some of the important features in from the Desktop version would make the Plus version an excellent program for sure.
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Hello, Need add away to edit page name and url like change my guestbook to Contact Us and guestbook.html to contactus.html I like the contact forms very stylish but, could add something like that as a guestbook thanks
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If you are looking to change page names, then you can use the save as option.  Go to page1 and save as page3.  Then save page2 as page 1.  Then save page3 as page2.
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Drew - yes that is what I do. Most of my pages are created without a Homestead Template so once I have edited a Home Page with the Heading-picture, Company Logo, Navigation Bar, and Text Field etc. all similar to a Homestead Template. Turn off the Homestead Header on the bottom and replace with My Own Script.

I then save it as my Template assigning it something like '000-Template' (all before I have purchased my Domain) I then Open the '000-Template' each time and save it as a link in the navigation bar.

Creating the website before purchasing the domain has it's good points. a) if ever the site gets hacked or lost to the powers in the sky, I have a copy on my computer. b) if a customer decides to go without a website and later tells me that he wants to go back to having a website I have the option of up-loading their old site. 

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