Adding additional local sites

During the Acquia Dev Desktop installation process, the installation application creates a default Acquia Drupal site on your computer. You're not limited to this one site, however. You can install additional sites based on any Drupal distribution into Acquia Dev Desktop.

Note: Use the information on this page to add a new, empty Acquia Drupal site to your computer that's based on the version of Acquia Drupal bundled with the Acquia Dev Desktop installation package. If you want to create a site based on a version of Drupal not bundled with your installed version of Acquia Dev Desktop, or if you have a copy of an existing Drupal site that you want to import into Acquia Dev Desktop, see Importing existing sites and Drupal codebases.

Creating a site

To create a new site in Acquia Dev Desktop, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel, and then click Settings. The Settings window opens.
  2. Select the Sites tab, and then click New. The New site window opens.
  3. Select from the following site creation methods to complete the site creation process:

After Acquia Dev Desktop completes the site creation process, it displays your new site on the Sites tab.

New site installed

Viewing your new site

Use either of the following methods to view your new site:

  • The Sites tab on the Settings window displays all of the sites configured in Acquia Dev Desktop. To view a site in your web browser, select a site in the list, and then click Go To.

    Sites tab: go to site

  • The main Control Panel contains a drop-down menu that lists all of the sites configured in Acquia Dev Desktop.

    Site selector drop-down menu

    To view a site in your web browser, select a site in the list, and then click Go to my site.

    Go to site

Editing site settings

To modify your site's settings in Acquia Dev Desktop:

  1. Open the Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel, and then click Settings. The Settings window opens.
  2. Select the Sites tab, select your site, and click Edit.... The Edit site window opens. You can change a site's server name, subdomain, and URL path, but not the site path, which you select when you install Acquia Dev Desktop.
  3. Click OK.

Technical support

Need technical support for Dev Desktop? See the Acquia Dev Desktop FAQ for details.