Homestead website builder
Decade long user
I have been using Homestead Website Builder for over a decade, back when it was Intuit. I used to build websites from scratch, and over a decade ago I saw an ad for the software and tried it. It has made web-building a breeze, and I don't have to fix bugs or other issues for myself. It used to lack in some capabilities other web builders provided, especially before mobile browsing was popular, but with its newest website builder update, it couldn't be easier to create and maintain a website.
Its ease of use. It's user friendly and you don't need html experience in order to build a great, mobile-friendly site.
Th price increases annually. For a while there was an increase even though there were no additional capabilities making it worth the increase. There are cheaper options available, but I'm so established with the software I'm not interested in trying anything new. They just need to stay current.
Homestead Easy to Learn
As a newbie in creating a website Homestead was easy to use and learn. As I got more proficient I realized the limitations. Maybe that has changed now.
It was easy to use and the learning curve was not long.
There were glitches in the software that Homestead didn't want to fix. Had to find ways to work around.
Modern templates with great flexibility
Website Builder is a vast improvement over Sitebuilder, the previous builder by homestead. I built our new site in about 7 hours, but I also was able to mine most of my content from our previous site, so that saved time.
All the templates allow you to completely customize every element. You aren't bound by colors or have certain elements that must stay. Another great feature is that while you are building your website, it automatically builds a similar mobile site, and you can then modify the mobile site without it affecting the main site.
It can be a bit difficult to get the site to do what you want it to do until you you understand what all the logo buttons do. It will take some trial and error turning things on and off to figure out what exactly your choices will make to the site. Thankfully you can do this in preview, but it still absorbs a lot of time.
I wish they only had the desktop version but it is iffy at times. I loathe using the online builder which is more stable.
I loved that I had the website builder on my desktop and could use it offline instead of an online builder.
They switched to an online builder and while I still use my desktop one, you cannot switch back and forth and you lose out on what the online builder offers.
Good but dated
I have been with Homestead for a long time. It is probably the easiest websiste creation platform for beginners there is.
The only problem is that the templates and other items are very outdated. Some of the items such as page backround, buttons and element are the same elements that were on there 12 years ago
Easy to use and make websites and have multiple websites. Uses paypal so you can start selling things from your site quickly.
Dated templates and lackmof modules as well as old outdated page elements and backrounds.
Dated Technology - Not worth it
I have been using Homestead since 2001, their technology is behind the times and I am migrating all of my clients and their websites off to Bluehost with Wordpress. The technology is not HTML5 which if you do your research is important - your website needs to be responsive - so it automagically fits on whatever device the person is browsing on and Homestead does not use this technology and they do not plan on it - or let you use wordpress. They are too expensive when you consider you can have a hosting site for 100 a year plus use the latest technology from wordpress - which is what over 50% of the global websites are built on. No brainer - Homestead is a dinosaur who has not kept up with the times. Sad to say...
easy to use
Their email service is a joke - in the past 2 weeks - I have had my email bounced back and not received. ALSO this happened earlier this year and it was ongoing for a month - this time it will be an estimated 3 weeks before it is fixed... ridiculous!