Effects of archiving, restoring, and deleting sites
This topic describes the effects of archiving, restoring, and deleting a site, and the impacts of those actions upon the site's associated assets.
Impact on sites
The following events occur when you archive a site:
- Site appears as archived in the Sites list.
- Visitors receive an error 404 when attempting to view any assets associated with the site. For example, if a visitor bookmarked any page associated with Site A, visiting the bookmark returns an error 404.
- Administrators can restore the site.
- Site appears normally in the Sites list.
- Visitors can resume viewing assets associated with the site.
- Site no longer appears in the Sites list.
- Site is entirely deleted from the database.
- Visitors receive a 404 when attempting to view any assets associated with the site.
- Administrators cannot restore the site.
Impact on assets
This section describes how archiving and deleting sites impacts the assets associated with those sites.
The following table summarizes how Brightspot manages Article 1 on all three sites.
However, because Site A is now archived, editors cannot switch to that site and modify Article 1. Brightspot indicates this state by listing None as the article's owner in the Sites list. Site B still has access to Article 1, so editors working on Site B can link to and modify that asset. (If no site has access to Article 1, it becomes read-only for all editors.)
The following table summarizes how Brightspot manages Article 1 on all three sites after archiving Site A.
The following table summarizes how Brightspot manages Article 1 on all three sites after deleting Site A.
Brightspot does not delete any assets associated with Site A. Editors working on the Global site or Site B can delete those assets individually. For details, see Permanently deleting an asset.
Before archiving a siteA publisher operates four sites: Global, Site A, Site B, and Site C. An editor working on Site A publishes Article 1. In addition, that editor grants Site B access to Article 1, and also publishes the article to Site C.
Archiving Site AArchiving Site A does not modify Article 1. The article's status (draft, published, revision, workflow), date last updated, ownership, permissions, and all other properties remain the same.
Restoring Site ARestoring a Site A allows editors to resume working on it before it was archived. They can edit Article 1, and visitors to Site A can resume viewing it. Brightspot manages Article 1 between Sites A, B, and C as described in "Impact on assets," above.
Deleting Site AWhen you delete Site A, Brightspot changes the ownership of all its assets to the Global site. There is no other impact on Article 1: its status (draft, published, revision, workflow), permissions, and content all remain the same. Therefore, editors working on the Global site and Site B can modify Article 1.
Archiving and deleting sites
Archiving a site