Archive Clouds function as paused instances that can be easily restarted on demand. They can be seen in your list of sites when you check Show Archived above the list of your projects.
Archive Clouds are good for various use cases, including:
- Old development projects you might want to revisit later
- Temporary event sites you may repeat down the road
- Archiving old versions of your website
- Deferred or stalled projects you will resume later
How Archive Clouds Work
Archive Clouds start with a non-expiring website backup, then remove the active site from the server. Archive Clouds maintain all the configuration settings, web rules, domain records, DNS, and Add-ons, ready for reprovisioning without going through all the configuration steps.
You can still see the details and configuration of Archive Clouds, but you cannot make changes to them without restoring them first.
The automatic backups for Archive Clouds will cease. Previous nightly backups will age out and be deleted to save space according to the backup schedule prior to archiving the Cloud instance.
Note: Archive Clouds only work for individual standalone instances at this time. This means they cannot be created for Failover sites or sites deployed in an HA configuration.
How to Create an Archive Cloud
You can archive a Cloud in three ways:
- From the Cloud edit view, choose "Archive" in the right column and follow the prompts.
- From the Cloud list view, choose "Archive" from the gear icon and follow the prompts.
- From the Cloud list view, right-click the row, choose "Archive" from the menu options, and follow the prompts.
How to Restore an Archive Cloud
You can restore an Archive Cloud from the Cloud list or the Cloud Detail View (coming soon) and follow these steps to restore your Cloud:
- Click the Restore Button
- Select a Location to restore to
- Wait for completion.
Do Archive Clouds Cost Anything?
The only fees associated with Archive Clouds would be if they contribute to exceeding your storage limit, resulting in needing a Vault upgrade. That said, by converting a site to an Archive Cloud, you should end up reducing your Vault Storage usage as the automatic nightly backups will cease and be removed as they age out.