Back in the day, Homestead Technologies was a small company that provided website building software called SiteBuilder. The program is a drag and drop system that makes it easy for anyone to build a website because you don’t have to know any code. You see what you’re building as you build it – that’s why these types of sites are also called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). The building is easy, the knowing how to optimize the site and proper design techniques has a learning curve. At any rate, the SiteBuilder program made the step into the World Wide Web relatively painless for the average person.
A couple of years ago Homestead was purchased by Intuit. So now their moniker is Intuit Websites by Homestead. But the SiteBuilder program is still being sold under both names. You have Homestead and you have Intuit. As web designers we have clients who have purchased through both companies. Logically (or at least in my mind) you would think that the software would be the same, but that isn’t the case. To work on a Homestead site you need to download SiteBuilder from Homestead and Intuit accounts have to download the software from the Intuit site. Same program, no differences in how it works, looks, or acts.
SEO Building Blocks, the expertly written guide to search engine optimization, applies to SiteBuilder and other drag and drop type sites. And the Homestead Connection site offers Intuit and Homestead users help with the program, tutorials and useful tips to improve the design experience.
So is it Intuit or is it Homestead? A smattering of both, but ultimately it is SiteBuilder.