Replace current index page with another existing page

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I have a nice web site going and have put considerable time into it. Then decided that I wanted to replace the index page with a newly created one. It would not allow me to rename my new page index as one already existed, nor would it allow me to write over (thus replacing) my old index page. Short of starting all over again, is there any way to delete/rename/replace an index page so that I can use this new one?
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This is a bit tricky but it can be done and you won't have to start over. The reason we prevent people from deleting or renaming their index page is that if they do this they will break their sites. A site without an index page will return a 404 error when you try to access it.

The page called "index" in the Site Builder 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
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

The new index page may be called "index" in the menu instead of "Home." You can change it as follows:
1) Click the "Edit Menu" button directly below the page tab.
2) A dialog box will open up with a list of all your pages. Click on the blue link that says "Settings"
3) You will see two boxes that say "Menu Text" and "Hover Text". Menu text is the name that appears in the menu of your site. Hover text is the text that pops up when someone moves their mouse pointer to one of the tabs in your menu. Type in your desired text in those two boxes.
4) Click "ok" and your menu will be updated with the edits you made.

I hope these instructions make sense to you! Get back to us if you get stuck.
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i tried this but didnt save my old index page w/ a different name, and now that page is gone!! is there anyway i can get it back?? i should have read the instructions better.
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Hi SheepDude,
Unfortunately once a page is gone it cannot be retrieved. I wish I had better news for you!
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I tried the same thing and the renaming doesn't stick... it just goes back to being called "index".
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Oh Wait! It did work!