Hosting a site on Acquia Cloud


End of Support notice! Acquia has stopped support for Dev Desktop on June 30, 2021. Acquia recommends that you transition to Acquia Cloud IDE for a managed development environment on Acquia Cloud Platform. For more information, see Migrating from Dev Desktop to Cloud IDE.

Acquia also provides limited integration with Lando as an open source alternative to Cloud IDE.

After creating a local website in Acquia Dev Desktop, you can host it on Acquia Cloud. Acquia Dev Desktop is integrated with Acquia Cloud, and allows you to develop your website locally and synchronize it with the versions on Acquia Cloud. With Acquia Dev Desktop, you can push and pull your code, database, and files in a way that makes the most sense for your workflow.

To host a local Acquia Dev Desktop website on Acquia Cloud:

  1. Select the local website you want to host on Acquia Cloud.

  2. Click Host this site on Acquia Cloud.

    Host on Acquia Cloud

  3. If you have already linked your installation of Acquia Dev Desktop to an Acquia Cloud account, skip to Adding a website to an existing Acquia Cloud subscription.

  4. If you already have an Acquia Cloud subscription, enter the email address and Acquia Cloud password, and click Log in.

    Sign in to Acquia Cloud

  5. If you don’t have an Acquia Cloud subscription, click the Get one for free link.

For more information about what happens when you click Host this site on Acquia Cloud, see How Acquia Dev Desktop works with Cloud Platform.

Adding a website to an existing Acquia Cloud subscription

  1. If you have access to more than one Acquia Cloud subscription, select the subscription you want to add the website to. By default, Acquia Dev Desktop hides subscriptions from which you’ve already cloned an environment.

    Select a subscription

  2. Select the environment to overwrite. An Acquia Cloud application has three environments: Development, Staging, and Production. An Acquia Cloud Free website has two environments: Development and Staging. Usually, you should select the Development environment to overwrite.

  3. Enter the location of your private key file, and click OK. If you have already connected from Acquia Dev Desktop to Acquia Cloud, Acquia Dev Desktop skips this step.

    Enter private key file location

    Communication with your Acquia Cloud application is protected with a private/public key pair. You also need the right role and permissions to sync Acquia Dev Desktop with Acquia Cloud. For more information, see Acquia Cloud credentials and permissions.

Acquia Dev Desktop creates a Drupal site archive and imports the archive into Acquia Cloud. After Acquia Dev Desktop finishes importing the archive, click Close.

Your website now exists in two locations: locally on your computer in Acquia Dev Desktop, and on Acquia Cloud. You can now work on your website locally and continuously sync it with the version of your application on Acquia Cloud. For more information, see Working with sites on Acquia Cloud.