Archiving Websites

You should archive an EERE website or application when it no longer serves a purpose. Follow these guidelines for archiving.

Create a Backup of the Website

Always create a backup of your website before you take it down. Contact your lead contractor and ask them to create an electronic backup of the website.

Decide Whether You Will Need Redirects or Bookmarks

When a site is removed from the server, users will no longer be able to access it. By default, they'll get a "page not found" error when they visit the old URL. If you want your users to be redirected to other content, you can set up a temporary, 6- or 12-month redirect or bookmark.

For more information, see the Redirects and Bookmarks page.

Remove EERE Links to the Archived Website

Remove links on EERE Web pages that link to the content that is going to be archived. If the archived website has its own dedicated Google Analytics profile, you can find internal links from Acquisition > All Referrals.  Click on "Energy.gov" to see the internal links to your site.

Use our list of contacts to contact the teams that manage other EERE websites.

Identify External Links to the Archived Website

This step is optional. You can use Google Analytics to see if your website is getting a lot of traffic from external websites. You can contact these external websites and ask them to update their links. To learn how to use Google Analytics to identify who's linking to you, please contact the Web Template Coordinator.

Archive Your Website

When you're done with the above steps, tell your lead contractor to remove your website from the server. If you are using redirects or bookmarks, these should be turned on at the same time.

Retire Your Statistics Profile

If your archived website had a statistics profile, contact the EERE Web Template Coordinator and ask to archive it. If you need historical backups of your statistics, tell the EERE Web Template Coordinator.