Is there a way to do multiple version sites with Yola?

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I like my site design, but I would really like to have multiple versions to post--say seasonally. Is there a way to save multiple versions and just unpublish/publish? Most of my content would remain about the same--just want to change the style, banners, etc. Fiddling with style changes on the live site has proven to be a bad idea.:) I'd like to archive replaced websites for later use.
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Hello merkel.michelle,

Your concept is very clever and one I haven't seen mentioned before.

Unfortunately you can't clone your site with any tool provided in the site builder and make replicates. You would need to build these from the base up. You can however copy and paste code and content and store these in text files for easy accessibility and then access these with another copy & paste into your replicate sites.

I would publish each of these as different yola sub-domains and then when the right season comes around publish the relevant site to my custom domain.

At the change of the season then I would unpublish the old and republish the new to the same custom domain. The sub-domains would be left published as this is really the only way to preserve the site. There isn't a true archive facility available. This would preserve the basic sites as subdomains within your collection and allow you to pick and choose the relevant sub-domain to be used as your current custom domain. You would then set your custom domain as your canonical or primary domain.

If you would like any other specific info please don't hesitate to ask. here.
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Hi merkel.michelle,

I must say, I agree with Gop about the cleverness of this idea and will be sure to pass it on to our product team. I also see the value in making it easier to make changes that may very well be temporary.

Gop's idea certainly works. A less advanced workaround would be to use the "save page as" feature to duplicate your content at the page level, make your changes, and then take the pages you want to replace out of your navigation menu. You can also password protect them to prevent them being found in search.

I admit this is far from elegant and Gop's idea is cleaner from an SEO perspective, but I thought I'd toss this out as an idea if the changes you are looking to make really are minor and more design focused.
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In fact Laura your solution is SEO clean and my idea is SEO dirty!

The SEO problem with my suggestion is that there is duplicate content sitting around and who knows if this is picked up by the search engine spiders and index machines. Duplicate content has been bandied around as being a negative aspect of SEO.

Taking this lead from Laura I would add that when you change your site at the season you then would password protect the silent yolasites for each page and un-protect the exchanged yolasite pages that would then be brought into your custom domain. This then would prevent the spiders indexing your subdomain and hitting your SEO with "Duplicate Content"