The New Site Builder is AWESOME

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You guys did it!! It was worth the wait! I've been with you for over 6 years. I'm moving all my customer sites from WordPress, Weebly and Webydo back to Homestead. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
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  • excited!

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Yes, I really like the Sitebuilder Plus also. I am a returnee to Homestead too, rebuilding my website, trying to maintain the overall look plus updating it. So far so good. Have to study some, ding around a bit to figure out these new (to me) features, but as I catch on, I am very impressed. My list of desires for the program is, so far, very short. Kudos to the developers who seem to have thought of just about everything.
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I think your right Susan and Drew, thanks for the clarification, not much different but different enough.

There is a lot of info left in the air at this point, like how to go about remaking your old sites with the new builder. There's really no guide that I know of. Do I just start a new site and then link the domain later? Is there or will there be a better method? There is also no tutorial on how to use the new builder or how to remake your old site, not that I know of and that would be most helpful. Any info would be great, thanks.
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Maurice, providing your package allows multiple sites, you should see ADD A NEW SITE option in the upper right of the page after the log in page. If you don't see it then you will need to add a site to your package. It's $2.00/month and can be canceled once your site is done and switched to your regular domain. Just add to this post that you want to add a site and Drew or Todd can help you.

To build the site:
1. After you chose the ADD A NEW SITE option you will be asked to name the site. This can be anything as once complete you will switch it to your regular domain.
2. You then will be asked to chose a design. Lots of templates to choose from, but if you are a build from scratch kinda guy then just pick any template and delete all the elements. Blank slate.
3. The best way to go about building the site is to open your existing site in the browser so you can copy/paste the text. You will need to import your images into the new program though.
4. Unfortunately the help is scattered throughout the Community here rather than being in one spot. Here are some of the tutorials and helps:
https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-to-make-sure-text-elements-will-be-responsive-a...

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

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-make-my-website-mobile-friendly

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-a-slideshow


https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-a-photo-gallery

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-create-a-drop-down-menu-tceolrg8r6qnm

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-youtube-or-vimeo-videos-to-my-site

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-a-photo-gallery

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-edit-existing-text

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-an-image

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-change-an-existing-image

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-preview-my-site

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how-do-i-add-text-4io4gh5ibjljs

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/websitebuilder
5. Someone is almost always around here and will jump in to assist you if you get lost.
6. Your existing site will remain up and functional and editable just like it is now until such time as you choose to make the switch. This means you can take your time learning and building. There is a learning curve with this program, but spend some time checking out all the options and it becomes easier as you go.

Best of luck!
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Excellent information. Thank you!
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You're most welcome. :)
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Sorry I never thanked you, your help is most welcome... You are a Champ...
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Have you noticed that the new responsive website builder is not truly responsive? If you use the full width of the available space while designing on a larger desktop screen, you will not be able to view everything on a smaller screen. There is also not a scroll bar so the information on the sides is essentially useless. Make sure you check your sites on many different screen sizes. They are working on a fix, but no ETA. 
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wow!!!
am just working on the navigation: http://www.printingcyprus.com/t-shirts - if width is going to be a prob, will just carry on with my desktop builder and make a mobile version (if doing diiff sites make sure about 'conical meta info') - http://www.seenadvertising.com/
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Have done diff size and nor scroll bar, even on tablets that are smaller you can not swipe!!!
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I took a look at the first link and even on my larger screen the "SEEN" graphic on the left is partially off the screen. 
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Same for me and my resolution is set at 1920x1080.

Also the other site's home page is showing it's 3495 mg which is 3+ gb. WOW You might want to rethink that since one of the things Google looks at is page size, load time.

And I believe the term you are looking for is canonical tag.
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yes that is correct. am just playing around at  mo and placed in loads of graphics, just playing about with images. main thing was top navigation, but it impossible to have the way I like it. why don't these pages resize isn't that the whole point of this responsive thing.
 
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Is there any known fix in the works in regard to width. Other responsive sites I have elsewhere do automatically resized to fit specific devices but as I'm learning there is a specific width to make a site work better in adapting to different devices. As I learn more will share more. Does anyone do CSS or html and does the new site builder support either. I'm getting ready to transform one of my sites so I'm sure I'll find out in next few weeks.
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While I love that we have some guides on these boards, I really feel we need video tutorials and soon. This is never going to take off until people really learn how to take control of this. I'm sure I can bang my way around and get it where I want to go but if they want homestead to be competitive. they need to teach it and teach it well. Easy version and hard ones for more in depth.

I'm going to build some stuff here and on another builder I've been looking at. That was is more complex but they have many tutorials... I'll have to see which builder does what I need it to do. I would rather stay at homestead but flexibility and flow will decide. Help make homestead the easier choice.

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