Why should I change to Homestead Websitebuilder?

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If you weren't already aware, Homestead has a new editor, Homestead Websitebuilder. Our newest editor has some great features that our customers have been requesting for some time. We strongly encourage all customers still using Sitebuilder desktop or Sitebuilder Plus(online) to create a new site from your websites manager page and take a look. Just select any template you like and get started. Below is a list of just some of the new features you can use on your site.

  • Great new templates that are more modern looking and responsive
  • Automatically created a mobile friendly site, complete with a built in mobile site editor
  • Modern looking photo gallery, with many available options, including transitions for a slideshow effect
  • Drop down menus
  • Save history at your fingertips-no need to call Homestead to revert to any save point in your site history
  • optional ecommerce upgrade($9.99) which makes it easy to add products and sell through our online shopping cart
  • plus tons of other customization options
Give it a try! Create a new site today and enjoy all the new features!
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themieleman, Champion

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Websitebuilder is responsive, usable on mobile etc.
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michelle5724

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I had trouble finding it too at first. It is on top black bar in the middle. There is a computer icon and then the phone icon for mobile.
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Laurie4783

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OMG!  This is the most wonderful thing I have seen! Thank you!!!!
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Marsha4449

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I know, exciting huh? It might take time to learn how to navigate the mobile version. Just keep in mind that whatever placement changes you make on the mobile version do not change the desktop version. That was the thing that had me confused at first. 
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I recently created an article that should help learning how to use the mobile builder:

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/editing-the-mobile-site-website-builder
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Elyzabeth, I have a big site www.Viscardidesigns.com  486 pages 2418 files. Will creating a whole new site effect my search rankings that i have been earning for 15 years. Is this just throwing all that away and starting new? Should i just hang with the old desktop version i have been using. thanx Tony Viscardi
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Because it is ultimately easier to use, it's set for mobile (which is very important), it functions well and looks really nice.  I have built several of them and I like it!
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I used Sitebuilder Plus for umpteen years and avoided Websitebuilder as I didn't want to deal with relearning the "how to's". I took the plunge and never looked back. It has so many more features and is super easy to use. The one huge plus for me was that it offered drop down menus. It also offers up to date templates and I love the mobile phone option. Super happy.
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There are a lot of features of the new Websitebuilder that I really like.  It is web-based rather than you having to download it to your computer, the header and footer feature, the ease of adding pages, links, etc.  It just feels more streamlined and more professional.
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I have been resisting the change as well but I think I am ready. Big question for me is will I be able to "clone" the site for my multiple locations like I was originally able to do on Sitebuilder?
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It is my understanding that you can't just duplicate the sites.  You will have to download the files for your locations and then re-upload them into the new sites.  That is a downside for sure, but I will tell you from personal experience, that once you get the hang of the new tools, it's all actually easier, looks better and is mobile friendly (you can even tweak the mobile site from within the editor and it leaves the desktop version alone!)  While rebuilding multiple sites may seem daunting at first, the Website Builder is so easy to use it doesn't take long to build new sites.  I have been knocking some out within a day or two.  Take the leap!  Best of luck!
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Thank you for your response, Lynn1286. You are very correct that you cannot duplicate sites, but it once you have one built, duplicating is should not be very difficult. Text can be copied and pasted and you would just have to upload your pictures again. You can bulk upload, so if you have all pictures for your site in one folder on your computer, that might make it easier for you.
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If I read the email I got this morning correctly, migrating to website builder will make my site secure and I will not have to go through cloudfare. Is that correct? Thank you
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So, I can do it through website builder and just wait, yes?
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Yes! You will not have to wait long, but yes. We will let you know when that is available and if there is anything else that needs to be done. At most, we'll just have to refresh your DNS.
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Has this change been implemented as of 11/15 18? I am building a site now and must have it SSL.
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Looks like it is automatic now.  Just finished one and it's secure!
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Nancy3148, it may depend. If you are registering a new domain then it should be automatic. If you are utilizing an older domain, we may need to do something, but we can get it secured on Websitebuilder sites within your account. Let me know if you have the domain and if it is working or not. If not, tell me the name and I'll get it fixed for you.
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I just finally got the hang of making a site in sitebuilder and it has amazing features. I will be designing sites for people but they certainly will look better to their clients with a mobile design so I was worried about using homestead even though I think it has been great for me. I tried wordpress (yuck), sitey (not the same and annoying mobile version), wix and weebly (just not good in general)..and I just stumbled upon the new sitebuilder when I needed to make a little sample site for myself. It took 3 days to get used to the builder and there are a couple of things I miss from the old one but it will be great moving forwards. Here is what I like:
-It is has dotted lines that appear when you moved things to help you keep things well aligned without having go pixel by pixel
-the forms are better
-MOBILE FRIENDLY is great once you get hang of it
-favicon
-google analytic
-embed video
-embed webpage (never even new this was possible anywhere)
-docking (auto right or auto left for example)
-transparency effects
-put documents on website to be downloaded
-better metatag window you can expand
-secure site version
-you can move sections up or down easily and give each one a different background if you want too
...and so much more!
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Excellent!
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I already have a dudamobile site, will this affect that or can I just not set up the mobile portion?
Also, I am seeing our address would be homesteadcloud.com.   Does that change or can I change it to our current website once its built without the homesteadcloud.com.?
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Hello Lisa0305

The Website Builder site would replace your dudamobile site, which ultimately would be a good thing. Dudamobile doesn't offer true mobile responsive sites, just mobile friendly. This is not as good for search results. Also, Dudamobile redirects to m.yourdomain.com  which affects your site stats. Finally, Website Builder creates a better looking site.

Also, yes the .homesteadcloud.com is just a site name until you get a domain attached to it.