Duplication of sites to save time for design of another site

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Hi -me again.
Please...Is it possible to be able to duplicate a complete site and save it as something else?
This would be great if we liked what we had done as one site which we wanted to keep, but wished to do similar again,but change the variables inside it?

This would save an awful lot of time. Please, please??

I realise I asked this a few years ago (and others also asked ages ago). However, with all the changes Yola are adding thought this could be something added also??

Imagine it would be something that many people (plus of course myself!) would really appreciate.
thks J
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JC

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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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HI JC,

This is logged as a feature request and it is something we hope to implement in the future but it is not currently planned. Our primary focus at this time is helping our customers increase the number of visitors to their websites post publish as well as streamlining actions in the Sitebuilder to make designing your website easier.
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JC

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understand thought I wld just ask again - just wld be so so good. thk u.
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BritSAL

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I would l9ve this feature too!
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JC

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Hi BitSal, yes would be sooooo good - hope others cld comment here also, as it may bring this to the fore a little faster.
J
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Pralaya

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I support this request.
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Judith Oakley-Webb

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Is there any update to this as I desperately need to duplicate my site and use it as a template for another site.
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BritSAL

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This has been requested for over three years now :-(
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It continues to be on our list of things to consider.  Thanks for the reminder that this is still a feature you'd like to see implemented.
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JC

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Hi Sanya, and others....   As you can see, I asked ths sooooo long ago.    If we design for others then we need to be able to duplicate a site we have done when we have it available for viewing by clients, and then change for their own site.     Surely this is not a difficult item to replicate.   Other items have been added to Yola, which are complicated to undertake via the backend designers.   Please can we have this facility?   This addition would be beneficial to Yola as many more sites would be reproduced for clients etc.   

Plus, of course, we need to duplicate our own site as a totally different one, but wish to keep the old one - this facility is essential.  Presently am undertaking sites via DWeaver because of this non-duplication ability with Yola.  Thanks all.   j

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As a small business ... I too would like the feature of being able to replicate an existing site. So ... it is not limited to web designers.

I think Yola has to consider listening to its customers as there are many other web design platforms popping up with easier to use functions. I too have been keeping an eye on your copy/replicating options and have on several occasions thought of jumping ship because of the stagnancy in certain aspects within Yola over the years I have been a Yola customer. 

To be truthful, I have even chosen to use another service (wont put name out of respect for Yola) for one of the sites I am working on so that I can compare the ease of both services to help me decide if others are pretty much the same as Yola or better.

So ... if not for the benefit of your customers ... then consider this for the overall future outlook of your company because I am sure that I am not the only one who has been seriously considering jumping ship if something much easier emerges to compete with Yola.

Thanks for letting me share my perspective of this matter.
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Thanks for sharing your feedback Pollin, it was very insightful. Can you tell us more about how you would use this feature?

As duplicate content is something we want to avoid, it seems like duplicating the site style customizations would be the main use case. We have worked hard to make templates easy to customize with a few clicks in the Style Designer. If we're missing other ways this feature might be utilized we'd love to understand it better!
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Philip Taylor

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For what it's worth - 
Another use that a site-duplication feature could have is where a user wishes to create two versions of a website, one for mobiles, the other for PC, then modify one for the mobile, for better viewing and use.
I for one may find this useful.
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Hello Philip,

What Yola has right now with responsive styles is somewhat what you are speaking of. When you use a responsive style the website will change/adjust the original site for the best viewing experience on mobiles etc., but it does that without needing two separate sites which could pose a problem with duplicate content. I hope that explains a bit more clearly how the current platform supports multiple versions of a site, the desktop and mobile.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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Google have backed off on the "Duplicate Content" liability issue. It just isn't. Have a look a Mat Cutts recent commentaries on this.
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Pollin Kamell

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Sure ... for someone who is not a web designer, having a template is good. Yola is great if the stock template fits but I find that it does not have one where I can say "Yay!). So I have had to customise several aspects that are absolutely relevant for what I want. I spent a long time customising it and usually through trial and error because I really have no idea on how to do codes.
In the past, my mind could grasp tech codes but since I had a brain injury ... it is very much limited. 
So ... for me, having an ability to duplicate 
1. Allows me to save an  exact copy of my website in case it gets hacked or is trashed somehow. That way I dont have to start from scratch. At the moment, I have had to save the codes in folders because I really would not be able to redo the same thing if the need arose. So it is for peace of mind and ease of backing up.
2. I can easily carry over my customisations to a new design and then change the other bits to give the site a different character of its own ... but with the features I feel reflects me and my needs best (which none of Yola's templates provides without substantial customisations).
3. If I can just get the site done with ease, then I can focus on other business matters like working with my valuable existing clients.

For a web designer, I imagine they would be able to recreate the desired effect pretty easily but for someone who has a faulty mind ... having achieved the ideal recipe ... it is good to be able to fall back to it. I see it just like people being able to just select from your templates. When I can duplicate a site ... it means I can then select from my own customised template.
Hope my clarification helps. Thanks Laura. 
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This is helpful Pollin, and I will pass it on, thank you. I wanted to add that your first point seems like it might be addressed by a backup feature which has also been logged. Regarding all the codes that you are using for your site style, can you confirm if these are all CSS edits, meaning changes to your style that apply site wide?

We hear you on your third point loud and clear. Knowing that this feature isn't planned I'm just trying to gather if I can help you using the features we have moved forward with.
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Hello, and back again.    Agree with Pollin,  It really comes down to being able to copy one site across and then adjusting/amending it to make another, saving so so much work.. 
I am not a full on web designer, only doing so for people to help out and keep their costs down and this is only every now and then as am an artist.   It took me forever to code my site, which now is old and needs total update will take me forever to do another site.  Years ago, my original site was chosen as one of the best sites by Yola and took ages to do, and I used to comment and assist people when questions were asked.  Since those very basic days, Yola has come on so much with the changes made, and have actually said this in past comments.  However, seems to be dropping well behind in the scene of design, especially templates.  Still keeping old fashioned ones for people to choose.  Even the premium are not that enticing. We love what we have done and only wish ther ability to be able to duplicate what we have and then improve on it.  Am sure web designers would love this feature also.... but the main people are small businesses (like myself), and their sites need to be changed at various times - this feature would be wonderful for  all users of Yola.

All we ask is that we can duplicate a site we have done, and then be able to change it so basically the same with all the hardworked coding, but looks totally different. Remember coding is hard to work out from a site already designed (as in single users, not premium), as there may be 10 or 12 html boxes at the top and there is no way to tell which from which    This surely is not hard to offer.  Possibly for the free site maybe add an additional cost if wishing this ability added to that.  Yola offers with silver ability to have 25 sites - and this would be amazing to have this duplication ability.  
Surely this is logical?  

Long wording I know, but just needed to add back in - See there are quite a few following this posting.   Maybe they should also add comments in order to show how popular this would be? Fingers crossed?

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Nice to see you JC and thanks for chiming back in! I have escalated this topic for review again based on the renewed interest here but I do want to respond to one thing you mentioned about styles. We completely agree that we should remove a number of our older styles from the Sitebuilder and we are actively working on doing just that without negatively impacting the millions of users who are currently using them. Regarding not keeping up with design though, I have to disagree. Our "Recommended" styles are completely modern and showcase the best in current website design trends but most importantly, the CSS is completely customizable using the Style Designer without needing a single custom code. Do you want a full bleed banner? No problem, click a box in the Style Designer! Do you want to remove the banner area completely? You can do that in the Style Designer too. It's true we don't have hundreds of super modern styles to choose from but that's because we spent our efforts on designing the Style Designer tool that makes it easy to create completely original and modern websites easily. None of that discounts the numerous benefits of being able to duplicate an existing website but I do hope that it highlights why we focused our development resources elsewhere.
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Hi there Laura, have been away and pvt life kept away as well.  Firstly must say how great you have been all time over years dealing with yourselves and thank you for that also for such quick response - appreciate explanation and do understand totally, as am sure others do. 
Only hoping this one can be put forward to 'backend people' and will come to fruition as such time saving ability.   thanks again Laura.  As said.... "fingers crossed".
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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It's a pleasure JC, I'm crossing fingers and holding thumbs as well! :)
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The reason I wanted to copy one site to another was because of the Yola blog...I had years of memories on my blog at one site, vacations, happenings when my mother was alive ( she died in 2011 ) and so on...I wanted to start a completely new site, but move the blog across. Sadly I was not able to do this at the time I asked ( years ago now ) - and lost so much. It can never be got back now, so I really don't mind what is decided..it's way too late for me. I can't help but feel slightly let down by Yola, who has been considering this (but not planned ) for years now...but..as I say..it's too late now.
Heartbreaking...especially after being with Yola so long, and recommending Yola to so many people now.
Sal
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