I know that master database contains all the versions of an item.

Does the web database also contain all the versions of an item?

Or web database can only contain a single version of an item?

  • Could you clarify as to whether this is functionality you're looking for, or an issue you're seeing?
    – Laver
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 22:04

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You are correct. The master database contains all versions of any given item per language.

In normal senario and before sitecore 8.1, The web database only contains a single version of each item, per language.

But, from sitecore 8.1 onwards, there is a scenario where multiple versions of a single item can exist. i.e. when item have an Active Test running for different versions of the same language of that item


  • hmm... okay.. is there no other way that web database contain multiple versions of single item ? Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 22:02
  • it would appear, that in Sitecore 8.1 at least, we are seeing items in Web with multiple versions. not just language versions, but actual Version versions. Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 22:02
  • i think it is when you are using AB testing on same item's versions... Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 22:04
  • Updated my answer scFootsteps - I always forget about content testing! Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 22:06

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