When does Homestead plan to roll out Responsive Website Architecture?

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When will Homestead offer Responsive website architecture? The new Enhanced Google is just around the corner and if we don't change to responsive websites or add a mobile site we will be pushed to the end of the line in SEO. It was kind to offer the mobile option but it looks to me like the industry is headed more in the direction of responsive architecture.
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This is definitely a valid concern as I've been seeing more and more about this lately. I don't have any kind of ETA, or specific solution to give you but I am confident we'll be able to offer the necessary services as the need arises. Homestead is part of a much larger conglomerate of hosting companies which operate under the umbrella of EIG (Endurance International Group). The organization is a major player in the website hosting industry and is involved in a huge variety of hosting platforms and different technologies. I am confident we'll be able to meet the needs of our customers.

Mike
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The need has long past arisen. What's it going to take to get Homestead to add this feature to Sitebuilder?
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Hi Robert6257,   We realize Responsive Design is getting very popular, but unfortunately we do not have this on the road-map anytime in the near future. We hate to lose anyone's business but realize you sometimes have to do what is in your best interest. If this is something that you want, or need right away, you may want to explore other hosting platforms. 
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Wow! o.O
Well, I guess since you are practically telling people to take their business elsewhere because you can't get with the program on responsive sites, I'll start looking for a new host. Such a shame; I've been with Homestead since its inception. =(
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Hi Mike, I think we are all concerned about our sites being responsive by the 21st of April, are you any further forward with this. an update would be great before we all have to splash out on new sites.
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gary6950,

It is not a Google requirement that the site be responsive. It simply needs to be mobile friendly.

  • Gary Illyes (@methode – Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google) says the “how” you make a site mobile friendly (responsive, m dot, etc) doesn’t matter as long as it’s friendly
  • “Responsive Web design does not have ranking benefit over mobile sites.” -Gary Illyes
We suggest everyone take advantage of our partnership with Dudamobile.
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Duda is a direct competitor now cause they have site building with Dudaone and it's mobile friendly all in one site. This is a terrible partnership for you cause they will start siphoning customers.
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Google reccommends Responsive, though does not require it.  That says alot!  So, what's the word...are you going to make the Sitebuilder Desktop version Responsive or not, before the Google demotion deadline????????  We need answers, and we need them fast!  And, I would think, that if it's not the one that we users like, you will soon be losing a TON of business!
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At the time, there are not immediate plans for implementing responsive website architecture. Yes, Google does recommend it but you are correct in saying it is not required. What Google is looking for is your website having a mobile site. If your website does not have a mobile version, then there could be a loss in rankings. We do partner with DudaMobile for our mobile sites, and you can see the article below if you want to set up a mobile site with DudaMobile.

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how_can_i_make_my_website_mobile_friendly  
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My inbox is being loaded with emails from Google telling me all my Homestead sites are not mobile friendly. Very disappointed to see a company as big as the consortium tied to Homestead being so behind the times. Since last November I have built all my new sites on GoDaddy with WordPress. At least I now own my sites instead of renting them from Homestead. I am stuck with a dozen sites that have little hope of becoming mobile friendly on Homestead.
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Bryan8159,

You can make them all mobile friendly with Dudamobile. Google has stated that there will be no difference in ranking if you use the Duda redirect or responsive design. It just needs to be mobile friendly.
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NEED RESPONSIVE NOW: I do not see anywhere where Google states that there is no difference in ranking. Please supply link to information you are indicating that Google stated that. Actually in the online information that I have read it states that "Responsive" is the preferred method as it works perfectly when either on phone, tablet, desktop.  We are also very DISAPPOINTED in Homestead and have been a client for many years. The question is why are you not going responsive like the rest of the online world is going. Do you ever intend to in the near future? What is your hesitation? Even the most "basic" website builders have responsive themes at this time. p.s. I know your previous answers are that we can "make them" all mobile friendly. Why would we have to or want to do more work? It would be better when we are first building our websites that they are already automatically responsive to ALL devices. Now I need to build a website with Intuit then make them mobile friendly with Dudamobile?? Extra Work, Extra Money and like I said "mobile friendly" is NOT nor as GOOD as "responsive".
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It is the recommended method, but there will not be a difference in ranking. Google wants sites to be mobile friendly and knows that responsive is more popular, but they have no preference as to how it is done in regards to ranking from all the articles I have read on the matter. Have you an article that says they do care?
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Here's exactly what Google sent me:

Google systems have tested 6 pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors. The errors on these 6 pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.Fix this now:

1 Find problematic pages

View a report of the non-mobile-friendly pages found on your site, and the issues discovered.

Inspect mobile issues

2 Learn about mobile-friendly design

There are a variety of techniques you can use to make your site mobile-friendly. Specifically, look for information about the issues brought up in Webmaster Tools.

Follow our guidelines

3 Fix mobile usability issues on your site
Fix the issues preventing your site from being mobile-friendly.
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MESSAGE TO DREW N: In response to responsive themes - Google "Have you an article that says they do care?" Yes I certainly do, this indicates Google PREFERS and RECOMMENDS responsive themes directly from Google Developers : QUOTE: "Responsive design is Google’s recommended design pattern". https://developers.google.com/webmasters/mobile-sites/mobile-seo/overview/select-config?hl=en
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Hello Pat,

Yes, Google does recommend responsive sites, because it's the newest and easiest method of making your website content mobile. However, if your site is not responsive but have a mobile site,  your ranking will be unaffected. Goggle has said as long as the site is mobile friends you will be unaffected. We do take your feedback into consideration and this could be implemented in a future release. 
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Well lets hope that everybody incliding Duda is up to date on their SEO knowledge because Matt Cutts has something very interesting to say about Google preference towards Resonsive VS Mobile and how  our search results can EASILY be affected ... check it out at: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2308069/googles-matt-cutts-responsive-design-wont-hurt-your-se...
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I hate to keep bringing it up again but this thread, asking for responsive design has been here for over 2 years. Responsive design has been around seriously since 2008, it's 2015. Duda is a stop gap at best and with DudaOne, it's only a matter of time before they steal all homestead customers.

I've really wanted to stay with homestead for convenience but it's becoming harder and harder to justify being here. I will HAVE to find an alternative soon because I can't stay stuck in the past with homestead.

I'll have to give it a few months till I have the time to do the work of transferring all my sites... It's only a matter of time before I'm off to greener pastures. I really hope they have a plan in the works because if not,  my relationship with homestead will be coming to an end. I really liked homestead but they've been behind the times for years now.

Something has to change one way or the other.
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In the next 6 months I will be moving my sites off of homestead. I have to have the responsive sites. Just being mobile friendly using a second mobile site has become too time consuming. Time is running out Homestead. I have been a customer for nearly as long as the company has been around. But you have to get on the boat or I will be moving!
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We have been making progress in this direction. As of now, we do have a partnership with DudaMobile for SiteBuilder users who need a mobile site. Also, for our Storefront customers, we have recently changed from the Prostores system to the Bigcommerce platform which is far superior and includes a mobile feature that can literally be activated with a click of your mouse.

Mike
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I too am in the process of moving my sites over to go daddy. As of right now i just secured my own dedicated server and have begun to develop new sites on new platform.  I have 2 accounts with homestead with a total of over 120 sites.  The dudamobile is not a good atlernative due to the fact i have to redesign every site again and pay a monthly fee for that.  I decided to redesign each site under my new platform and only have to do it once and not pay additional costs for monthly hosting. right now my homestead bill is over 400 a month in which i now have that cost cut in thirds.  Plus homestead has been having more and more server issues. I am currently on this forum cause the hole homestead site and all my sites have crashed.  homestead was a great tool for a beginner, but once you reach your second site you relize that the technology is 19th century. please upgrade your technology for the new customers that only type with one finger. its good for them but like i said once you reach a couple sites under your belt you hands are tied. and not having access to the back end code is just moronic..! Take care homestead..! 
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Hi michael3839,   I understand the dilemma.  Unfortunately I don't have any ETA on when/if responsive design will be available.  Because we don't have this in the roadmap for the near future, as a business owner, I would recommend that you make whatever decision is best for your business. Our software, as you described, really is designed for a beginner, or novice website designer and needs a fairly basic site. 
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Thanks Mike, 

Id honestly prefer to stay with you guys but as you know technology is a stickler and we have to keep up with the changes.! I really wish there would be a solution in the near furture..!
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I understand and wish I had a better answer. If responsive design is critical at this point, I would do whatever you think is best for your business. 
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Mike, time to redesign the roadmap.
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Yup!
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Mike,

Do you anticipate when this will be done? I have been with homestead for many years and it's disappointing that I would have to pay extra to have someone have the ability to view my site. I know other website builders have already established this responsive website architecture.

I may consider looking to move my website. Today, many people don't use laptops. For instance, my wife has a laptop but rarely uses it. She loves her Kindle and views websites on it. Unfortunately, my website is unreadable on Kindle or Nook, which my daughter-in-law uses.

So I am paying my monthly homestead fee and only people with a laptop can view my site. This means I will lose viewers because of something I have no control over.

Thanks,
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Sorry, but I have no specific ETA on this or any other new products or features at this time. I realize that there are several upgrades that are quite past due, many of which have been delayed due to numerous other system changes (within our parent company EIG), but this will eventually put us in a much better position of offer such services and features.
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need features that r found in wordpress asap... when can we expect the additional features

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Joshua3582,   If you would like, you are welcome to create a new "idea" thread and be more specific on the features you are wanting. That is the best way to show our management and developers what you are wanting.

Mike
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Duda Mobile ( free and premium ) was a bad experience for me. Unless, Homestead implements mobile friendly sites very soon, I'll be leaving Homestead, as soon as I build a new site at Wix or the like.
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walc,   Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately there isn't anything planned for the near future as far as other mobile offerings. The Duda Mobile version is pretty simple and works for many people, but if if you have special needs it may not work.  Depending on what you need the Bigcommerce/Storefront plan includes a very good mobile version, but, this is for those needing an eCommerce site.

Mike
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Having a site that does not utilize responsive design has become completely useless. I have had the DudaMobile site for the past six months as well as the homestead site. It is much better than people trying to look at the homestead site on their mobile devices, but it is not easy to get the Dudamobile site to look the way I want it to. I am trying to redesign my site again right now and am seriously considering just moving to another website service. I have had homestead since the days when it was a free service and I really would hate to move but I may have no choice.
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Here is an idea... Intuit and Homestead, please buy DUDA, they are now making sites and it seems they are more on top of it than you are.

Either that or let them buy homestead. Either way, you really need to make a move cause you are being left in the dust my friends.
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I agree. I have had some of my websites with Homestead for many years. I find it user-friendly, and like the way I can used the elements to suit my own design.

However, many of Homestead's loyal customers are faced with no simple way to optimize our sites for mobile users.

With the amount of money we pay every year for our Homestead sites, could they not simply give us a simple way to make our existing websites mobile-friendly?
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Ya, homesteasd is such a dinosaur now... all the other popular wesite builders have added responsive themes... Weebly, FourSquare, Wix, Wordpress, Edicy, Yola etc, etc.etc.

Come on Homestead ... What's your problem ... Same generic answers over and over again. JUST GET WITH FRIGGIN THE TIMES!!!
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Tick tock....time is running out on homestead.
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I hope not, Maurice2103. I love using the Site Builder desktop version. I would hate to see Homestead lose a lot of its customers, due to this mobile issue.
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Been with Homestead for years, but it's disappointing to see how long it takes them to be 'responsive' for what is really now a major concern. More and more users access sites using mobile platforms so having a responsive site is a must. Get on with it Homestead!

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