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I have a website on AFS. How do I delete or move the site to another platform?

Monday, June 1, 2020

Through a multi-year program to modernize Stanford’s web content management systems, University IT (UIT) is working towards reducing website instances on Andrew File Storage (AFS). This includes all sites whose URL begins with If you have an AFS-based website, UIT can help you archive and delete it or move it to another hosting platform. 

Deleting and archiving an old site

If you have a website on (AFS) that is no longer needed, you can submit a request to delete the site

On the request form, you’ll be asked to provide the website URL and the AFS space or volume where your website is located. If you’re unsure about the location, you find the location within the website URL (e.g., /afs/ir/group/foo/cgi-bin/drupal), or you can use the AFS Archive Management tool to see all of your AFS spaces.

Additionally on the form, choose how and when you would like to retire your website and its content. The options include: 

  • Delete the website and all of its content now.
  • Create an offline archive and then delete the website and all of its content.
  • Set the website offline for a period of time, then archive and delete.

After submitting the request, a UIT staff member will be in touch with you to walk through details. 

Moving a site to a new platform

If your AFS-based website needs to stay online, it will require a new hosting environment, and you should begin to make plans to move your website. Depending on the complexity of your website, its maintenance and support, take a look at the following options available now or in the near future to help determine what may best suit your needs. 

Stanford Sites

Interested in building a new Drupal website on a free, centrally-supported content management platform? Check out Stanford Sites — a self-service tool for building and managing websites for university work. 

Stanford Sites Drupal 8, the new upgrade to the platform, is now available for department websites. If you’re interested in moving your current department website to the new D8 platform, follow this guide to help navigate the process. Drupal 8 for group and personal websites will be available later in 2020.

Acquia Hosting for Drupal

If you built and maintain your own custom Drupal website on AFS and need a hosting platform, the Acquia Cloud platform is a flexible, scalable, and secure hosting infrastructure solution for your Drupal website. UIT is available to consult with you on how to move to this dedicated environment.

WordPress Hosting

As part of the Web Content Management Program, UIT is working towards providing a cloud-based WordPress hosting and vendor-provided support option. More information on this project will be forthcoming later this year. 

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