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Sitename definition

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Each environment in a sitegroup on the Acquia Platform has a unique sitename. The sitename naming convention consists of the sitegroup and the abbreviated environment name.

For example, if the name of the sitegroup is acquia, and it has the three standard environments (development, stage, and production), the website can have three docroots that are respectively named acquiadev, acquiastg, and acquiaprod.

Sitenames have the following naming requirements:

  • Maximum of 21 characters (environment portion of the sitename has a maximum of 10 characters)
  • Must consist of alphanumeric characters — no underscores, spaces, or special characters
  • Only lowercase alphanumeric characters accepted
  • Must not start with a number


It is common practice for the production environment not to have the environment abbreviation prod. Because of this, in many cases the production environment’s sitename is often the same as its sitegroup.