Working with environments

The Environments page for an application displays each of the application's environments. For each environment, it displays controls and information about the environment's code, databases, and files.

About environments

Acquia Cloud uses separate environments in order to help you maintain a clear and orderly workflow as you develop, test, and publish your applications. An application is deployed on each of its environments, but each environment may be in a different state, with its own database and possibly a different code branch or tag deployed. Each environment has a URL at which its application can be viewed, but only the Production environment's URL is designed to be visible to the application's users (website visitors).

How many environments your application has depends on the level of your Acquia subscription.

Environment Acquia Cloud Enterprise Acquia Cloud Professional Acquia Cloud Free
Development (Dev) Yes Yes Yes
Staging (Stage) Yes Yes Yes
Production (Prod) Yes Yes No
Additional environments Yes No No

Environments are listed in this order:

Managing environments

On an application's Environments page, click the name of an environment to display its Overview page. From the Overview page for an environment, you can:

Environment types

Beneath the Environments page title, Acquia Cloud displays badges that indicate both the application type and your subscription level.

Environment badges

These badges are assigned colors based on their type and value:

  • Application type
    • Drupal - Blue
    • Node.js - Green
  • Subscription level - White

    All Acquia Cloud subscription badges are white, and include the following subscription levels:

Information

Your Environments overview page also contains basic Information about the server, including the following:

  • Git URL - Server Git URL
  • SSH URL - Server SSH URL
  • IP Address - Server physical IP address
  • Region - Region in which this server is located
  • PHP version - Current server PHP version
  • Life Development mode - Whether or not the environment is running in Live Development mode

Server information box

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