Moving out of Homestead?

Attention Please!!!
If you take any of this information and place it any type of media (ie. email - websites - TV - radio etc. etc), please ask for my permission. The best thing to do after asking permission is to link to this blog or my forum (http://youdonkey.com). I will also be more than happy to mention your site. Please be respectful.

Are you leaving Homestead because you found greener pastures and you want to take your web site with you? I have the moving cure you are looking for... and maybe I can help you find a great hosting service? So start packing and leave the moving up to YouDonkey & Co.

I did my best to explain the moving process. It does work and has for me. Best results is doing all tag editing, testing and debugging using Brinkster.com. You are responsible for your own actions/ reactions. You are moving YOUR site, not me.

If you have the slightest question, please ask. Some websites will move easier than others. The key is to read these instructions over and over to get a "comfortable" understanding BEFORE YOU WORK.

First Step:
You need a new host and you need to know how you can upload new pages to your account. YouDonkey & Co. can not help you with this for one simple reason - every host is different and they all have different routes.

The Theory behind Homestead:
Here's how Homestead works: (in theory and explained a way everyone can relate)
1 - Take a bag of balloons
2 - Line them all facing up in a line one after the other with NO space
3 - Place all these balloons in a tub slightly larger then all the balloons together
4 - Fill one balloon in the center
5 - Fill a balloon on the top left
6 - Fill a balloon on the bottom right
7 - Fill a balloon on the top right
8 - Fill a balloon on the bottom left

What happened to the balloons in the container? The expanded balloons crunched the empty balloons together making a tight fit in the container.

That is... in theory... what is going on at Homestead with the SiteBuilder, but they use BLOCKS with ABSOLUTE positioning, not balloons. If you understand that theory, and knowing how to clean up the Source Code to get NO errors, you can move any Homestead site to a server of your choosing.

But be careful!! Editing your site from Homesteads automatic scripting to where it needs to be to be moved requires some knowledge of programming. Once you clean your site and move it... editing it from now on requires extensive knowledge on scripting. No more "drag and drop and don't worry about it".

Cleaning your site and the move:
1 - Open SiteBuilder and stay in SiteBuilder
2 - Any HTML snippet that contains a HEAD script/ code or BODY script/ code must be removed. (don't worry you can insert them the proper way later)
3 - Make sure your site does not have any OVERLAP
4 - Remove all Homestead "GuestBooks", "Navigation", "Banner ads", "Communication Tools"... basically everything SiteBuilder gives you except for text and your pictures.
5 - Create new borders, add any outside sources (guestbooks - counters - banner ads) to fill the void left behind
6 - Make all your final alterations and additions to your layout now...
7 - Save your pages and view (in SiteBuilder)
8 - Do not download your pages to Homestead and do not view your pages while online. View your pages by right clicking and VIEW SOURCE
9 - View your source code and open Microsoft Word (or Notepad, or use Brinkster)
10 - Copy and Paste (Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V)

Because you didn't download the new page to Homestead and VIEW your SOURCE online, you don't have to do remove the Site Stats script. (One less step below)

Altering the Code after the Move:
1 - Locate the script (at the top) the starts with <script type="text/javascript"> and ends with </style>(right above the first <body> tag). Remove everything in between including these two lines.
2 - Locate the <noscript> tag (under the BODY tag) and remove all of it directly after <BODY> until </noscript>.
3 - Locate all of the FONT tags and remove "class="fontname & Size".
4 - Locate any extra open or closed FONT tags. And remove. Depending on the average Homestead site, you will have extra tags. They are placed on top of each other where they don't need to be (one less thing for a browser to read).
5 - Locate any comment tags and remove them if you want (a comment doesn't do anything to your download speed).
6 - Goto http://www.netmechanic.com/toolbox/html-code.htm and run a free test for your code. Find any errors and correct as needed.
7 - (Site Stats) locate <script type="text/javascript"> down by the bottom of the page and remove everything until </body>.

VERY IMPORTANT: Do not remove ANY tags that have start with "div style=". Once these are removed, your site will change for the worse. LEAVE THESE TAGS ALONE!

One more Step:
Remember to add the pages into a directory named like Homesteads files and all your pages are named exactly the same. If you change any of these, you will need to do additional editing to the LINK and IMAGE scripts.

Once everything thing is set, double check everything and make sure it works. Fix any bugs and do one last check at http://www.netmechanic.com/toolbox/html-code.htm to make sure nothing is broken behind the scenes.

If you have the slightest question, please ask. Some websites will move easier than others. The key is to read these instructions over and over to get a "comfortable" understanding BEFORE YOU WORK.

I did my best to explain the moving process. It does work and has for me. Best results is doing all tag editing, testing and debugging using Brinkster.com. You are responsible for your own actions/ reactions. You are moving YOUR site, not me.

Attention Please!!!
If you take any of this information and place it any type of media (ie. email - websites - TV - radio etc. etc), please ask for my permission. The best thing to do after asking permission is to link to this blog or my forum (http://youdonkey.com). I will also be more than happy to mention your site. Please be respectful.

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