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
    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 ? 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. Oct 3, 2016 at 22:02
  • i think it is when you are using AB testing on same item's versions... Oct 3, 2016 at 22:04
  • Updated my answer scFootsteps - I always forget about content testing! Oct 3, 2016 at 22:06

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