SOPA BlackOut

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I would like to participate in the SOPA/PIPA Blackout on Jan. 18th in protest of the Internet Censorship legislation currently being proposed/discussed in the U.S. Congress. I want to substitute my index page with a page that supports the SOPA strike for 12 hours on that day. Not sure how to do that so that all other access to my site is cut off (in other words..no ability to reach anything on my site but that page). Since we cannot use a blanket HTML for an entire page...how can I accomplish this?

http://www.generalhospitalhappenings.com
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condo58

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Gop

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Hi condo58,

You can do this.

Unpublish your site. Your data will remain in your account. Give it another name.

Create a single page with your support message and publish this to your original domain.

After the blackout period, then delete your protest site and re-publish your original site to your domain.

Another way is to create a new index page, rename your old so that you can recall it at the end of the protest, and remove all other pages from the menu. This will then only open the index and users will have no navigation means to get to other pages.

Look forward to other peoples suggestions and strategies. Yola supports a modified SOPA by the way.
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Hi Gop

Great suggestions. I just have to respond to your last statement.

Yola does NOT support a modified SOPA! Not sure where you got that from. Perhaps from the wording on one of our other posts where we said that we do not support SOPA "as written". By this we do not mean that we would support it with minor modifications. We would not support any legislation that amounted to censorship, required a web host to monitor content or interfered with the freedoms of legitimate internet users. To therefore state that "Yola supports a modified SOPA" is a mis-characterisation of our position. While we would potentially support legislation aimed at targeting piracy and other abuses, it would need to be of a very different nature to the current proposed legislation.
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"SOPA and PIPA would have far-reaching effects on companies that host web content, and those users who generate that content. Yola supports balancing protection of intellectual property and an open internet, but we do not support the current legislation as written. "

This implies a modified SOPA would be re-considered. Does it not? I asked the follow on question on this other thread but didn't get a response so this was a reasonable interpretation and is in essence the same as GoDaddy is saying.

Now that you have responded rather than staying silently morally high grounded, I now understand where your feelings are. See answers will clarify the situation.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Glad I could clear that up. We stand by the statement you quoted above, but this does not mean we would support "a modified SOPA" unless it was modified to the extent that it no longer amounted to censorship and web hosts monitoring content and saying that we would is a misinterpretation, albeit an understandable one. We most certainly are not in the same camp as GoDaddy on this one.
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Hi Monique,

Opponents are lobbying for the extinguishing of this bill and all discussions relating to it. They are still boycotting GoDaddy even though they have pulled all support for the original proposal:

Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA
Looks to Internet Community & Fellow Tech Leaders to Develop Legislation We All Support
Contact
Stephanie Bracken, PR Specialist
480.505.8800 ext.4451
PR@GoDaddy.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 23, 2011) - Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress.

In changing its position, Go Daddy remains steadfast in its promise to support security and stability of the Internet. In an effort to eliminate any confusion about its reversal on SOPA though, Jones has removed blog postings that had outlined areas of the bill Go Daddy did support.

"Go Daddy has always fought to preserve the intellectual property rights of third parties, and will continue to do so in the future," Jones said.

Other than Yola's non apparent involvement in the drafting of this Bill, your answers still seem to be the same as GoDaddy's are currently even though they were hstorically associated with the drafting and they are still being boycotted.

Opponents want the Bill to be burned forever because of some basic flaws in arguments. That means never to come back as a SOPA ever. It doesn't mean that legislation protecting Copyright and fighting Piracy will never be drafted.
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Thank you GOP, I will give your suggestions a try. So, if I understand you correctly, if I rename my current "Home" page to something else temporariy, create a new page, name it "Home" and move it up in the page manager to the top, that new page will become the automatic "homepage" that my current domain will point to?
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It's a bit of a task and important.

Creating a different Index page and retaining the old

1. Open your Index page and use the Save As function to another name.
This will retain your current page as Index and also as a copy with the original name..

2. Go Into your Page Manager and Delete your index page. It will open a confirmation dialogue to which you respond Yes. (Your original is safely stored as Save As page previously).

3. A Blank page will open for editing. This is where you would create your Interim Protest page.

NB: If your index page is a blog page then please don't use this strategy and head for the hills instead. I would use the other method if this was the case.

There doesn't appear to be a Tutorial that I can find on this topic so I had to create this instruction on a test site.

Restoring your original Index:

1. Rename the page you saved previously using the Save As function to be your index page, also using the Save Page As function, to "index"
3. A dialog box will pop up in your browser to check whether you want to overwrite the existing index page. Click yes.
4. You will have a duplicate of your index page, and you can now delete your protest page in Page Manager.