How can I set a different page as the index page?

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I am having problems as I have the site almost built up, and now I wanna put a "Site Under Construction" message, but I can't seem to do it because my index page won't let me rename it... I created already the page with the message, but I can't redirect the index to that page...

I don't wanna delete the index page as it is pretty well built up and I don't wanna do the whole work again...

Is there a way I can swap the index page with another page on my site?

Thank you in advance.
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Hello rsanabria80

In order for a browser to access your site, you need a page with the file name "index". This is why you are not able to delete the page or rename it. The page called "index" in the Sitebuilder is your default home page and the first page your site will open on.

Here's how to fix the problem:

1. Save the current index page with a new name using Save > Save As (this is if you want to keep the content on that page and not re-add it later).
2. Then save the page you would like to be your index page also using the Save > Save As function and calling it 'index' (make sure that you use the lower case i, not a capital I).
3. It will ask whether you want to overwrite the existing index page - say yes.
4. You will have a duplicate of pages, you can delete the old one in the Site Manager.

I noticed that you said you wanted to create a construction notice? You can create your own under construction notice if you wish. However, I strongly advise against this. Putting an "under construction" notice on a website is a very outdated practice. Today it is understood that all websites are continually "under construction" See this useful article on the topic: Why your Website Should Always Be Under Construction.

If you have pages that you aren't ready to put live yet, simply move them out of your menu and then put them back in when you are ready.

These are the steps to moving your page in and out of your navigation:

1. Click on the "Edit Navigation" button on the top toolbar.
2. A dialog box will open and you will see the list of your pages in the left-hand pane under "Pages in the Navigation".
3. Drag and drop your page that is still in development "Pages out the Navigation".

Repeat the above steps and drag the completed page "Pages in the Navigation" then republish your site when you are ready for the page to go live.

If you still decide that you wish to use an "under construction" notice on your site, here is a site with a large selection that you can download: Under Construction Icons and Signs

To use one of these images:

1. Right click on the image you want.
2. Select: "save image as"
3. In Yola, upload the image you just saved to your File Manager and add it with either the Text or the Picture widget. See: Adding Pictures for further instructions if needed.

Please let me know if you have any trouble with this.
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Thank you very much Sanja, you answer was very accurate and answered my doubt! Regards
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You're welcome! Please feel free to contact us again should you have further questions down the road.
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I did this not too log ago, by "saving page as" then deleting the original index page. I tried to test it and it doesn't seem to work that way now. If you try to delete the index page, Yola creates a new blank one. You'd then have to copy all the widgets into that blank page.

The only positive is you'd have the original index page you "saved as" renamed to whatever you want it to be.

I would email Yola support for an easier switch, if there is one.