U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Communication Standards & Guidelines


Websites are never really complete. Once a website is live, it needs to be regularly reviewed, improved, and updated so that the website continues to be relevant and useful to its users. This process is called maintenance.

Maintenance Plans

Every site on EERE is required to have a maintenance plan. This outlines how often you will review and update your site.

Content Maintenance

If you don't update your content—your words, images, and links—your site will get quickly out of date. Read about what's required and what's recommended when reviewing and updating your site.

Archiving Websites 

Once your website has completed its intended purpose, you should archive it. Learn how to create a backup, delete a website from the server, and update links to your old website.