How to Backup/Archive my Droplet and Site so I can shut down and possibly redeploy later? (*non-tech designer here)

Hello friends:

Am seeking advice (or assistance, if someone is available) to help me make an offsite backup/archive of our existing site and droplet so we can spin it down, close the account, and possibly reopen and redeploy it later. Can I just FTP it down or upload it to our AWS archive? The app has served its purpose and I don’t feel like paying for DO any longer. (Note: original tech guy is gone, I’m the project producer-manager - thanks)


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Hi there @camerado,

Yes, what you could do is use FTP to download all of your website files and store them locally or on external storage.

Note that if your website has a database, you would need to export the database and download it as well.

The downside of this approach is that you would lose your Droplet’s configuration, so if you decide to reenable your site in the future, you would need to redo the server configuration

An easier approach that you could take is to take a snapshot of your Droplet, and then destroy the Droplet. That way if you decide to enable the site again, you can just create a new Droplet.

The price for the snapshot is $0.05/GiB per month. So if your snapshot is 2GB, you would be charged $0.1 per month.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby