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Plan Before Building Your Intuit Website

I did not have a plan before I started building my first Intuit website. It’s vitally important to learn the basics of SEO and website design before you just start building web pages. The inspiration for this article was sparked by me working on a close friend’s website where she offers Sarasota massage services.

A couple of years ago she began building the site and decided to use one of Homestead’s templates. After she made a few changes here and there to try and customize things the functions of the template would not allow her to do what she wanted to do. Basically she is now stuck with a template that has a totally different color scheme than she wants. read Building Your Intuit Website

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Posted by    Date: Saturday, December 26, 2009

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Making Layout Bigger Site Builder Page Alterations

Unfortunately, sometimes what you see is what you get. In order to try and make some of the Homestead Site Builder templates larger, you have to be a professional at working with photo editing software like Photo Shop or Gimp. It may be necessary for you to copy, cut, clip, expand and add onto existing images that are used with the Sitebuilder layout that you have chosen. It hardly seems worth the hassle of trying to enlarge the elements of the preset designs because some of them are really complex puzzles of many images combined together. This is why I always like to create my own designs.

I wrestled with the question of how you make one of these templates bigger until I finally decided to stop using them altogether. Here’s what I did to overcome my frustrations. I invested time in learning how to do Homestead website photo editing using the Gimp editing software. Once I learned how to work with images and special text, I was able to start creating my own personalized designs.

Once you understand how to work with images and creative text patterns, you can basically create your own template designs for your Intuit website too. Because there are so many websites to model on the Internet, it’s rather easy to find something that works.

Perhaps this is not a good suggestion for the person who just wants to quickly get a business or hobby site published onto the World Wide Web. If you are interested in continuing to build websites, then it’s a good idea to learn how to alter photographs.

Some of Homestead’s free built-in templates will work just fine because the page layouts are large enough to accommodate plenty of photos and content. I recently had a friend of mine choose a layout that would not allow enough room for me to even add a five hundred word article to his site. It didn’t take me long to call him and ask if I could just design a custom theme for him.

I any event, if you are really set on trying to expand the template of your Homestead website to suit your needs, you are going to need to learn how to alter images. Many of the Sitebuilder layouts are put together using a series of images. There’s really no way of getting around taking the puzzle parts out and trying to replace them with different sized pieces. .

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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How to Move Image Backward in SiteBuilder

layersWorking with various layers inside the Intuit program to create logos and banners is possible inside of the Site Builder program. Actually, stacking various elements in the Homestead program is simply a matter of knowing where and what to click.

In this article, I’m going to explain how to get images and different shapes, like an inserted rectangle element to move forward or backward when you are designing your pages with several items stacked on top of one another.

When you load or add a new element to your SiteBuilder page, oftentimes you will want to create layers. In this article, you will learn the steps on how to move things frontward and backward in Intuit’s SiteBuilder.

By learning how to utilize this web page design function within the Intuit program, you can really customize your websites look and feel with personal images.

One of the things I like to do is use the rectangle element and add rounded corners. Then, I develop another one, but make it a little small. I place the small layer on top of the bigger one. This makes for a nice layout for content to be placed in or even images, depending upon how large the area is you are working with. read How to Move Elements Forward and Backward

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Posted by    Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Enhance your Homestead Website add a Forum Connection

It’s not an available option to be able to have a Homestead website forum through your Intuit hosting account. However, you can make a connection with your site and a different hosting company who can provide a forum for free. Basically all you would need to do is open an account read Homestead Website Forum

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Do it Yourself-Just Drag and Drop

Instead of using one of the built-in templates, have you considered starting with a blank page and designing your own work of art?  You can do-it-yourself because the Homestead drag and drop website builder is so easy to work with. There’s not much that you will need other than a logo and a good handle on using the tools inside the SiteBuilder.  You can learn how to create a logo/banner by visiting the Homestead Expert Youtube channel. read Do-It-Yourself

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009

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