Create A Site

Create a new Drupal or WordPress site on Pantheon.

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The Pantheon Dashboard provides a quick "click to install" method of creating new sites. In less than five minutes, you'll have a new site up and running on the platform.

Create a Site

  1. From your User or Organization's Dashboard, click Create New Site to be brought to the Create Your Pantheon Site page:

    Create Your Pantheon Site page

  2. Name the site.


    The site name will be prefixed to all Platform URLs, which are automatically configured as subdomains of

    This name cannot be changed once set.

  3. Optionally, if you have access to organizations, choose a workspace to affiliate the site with.

  4. Choose a Region for the Site.

  5. Click Continue and wait a few moments for the Site to be created:

  6. On the Choose Your CMS page, click Deploy to install WordPress, Drupal (Latest Version), or Drupal 7. See Choosing Your Start State for more information.

    Wait while the platform provisions the site with the start state you selected.

  7. Click Visit your Pantheon Site Dashboard to transfer to the Site Dashboard.

  8. Click Visit Development Site and complete the installation process for the selected framework.

    Site Dashboard in the Dev tab shows the Visit Development Site button

Sandbox Sites

Sandbox sites are useful for trying out the Pantheon platform, creating sandboxes for development, or for starting a new client project. Pantheon allocates two Sandbox sites for all user accounts. If you've reached your limit of Sandbox sites, delete an unused site, take a site live, or join an organization. If you're building sites for third parties, join the Pantheon Partner Program for more Sandbox sites, Multidev environments, and other features. If you're at an educational institution, sign up for Pantheon for EDU.

Sandbox Resources

Application Containers1
PHP Workers4
PHP Memory Limit256MB
Custom Domain Limit (per site) 0
Free and managed HTTPS
New Relic
Object Cache
Pantheon Search (Solr)

Your Pantheon Account

Your account is your own individual account, and every account can manage multiple projects or sites at a time. Pantheon doesn't recommend sharing your account with other people. If you're collaborating on a project or handing over ownership to a client, use our team management and ownership transfer tools.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I rename my Pantheon site after creation?

No. Site names and Platform URLs are permanent and cannot be changed. As a workaround, you can export your existing site and import it to a new site with the correct name. See Migrate Sites to Pantheon FAQs.

What if my site name is already taken?

Site names must be unique across all Pantheon sites, including frozen sites. Choose another site name, and remember that the name you choose in the Pantheon Dashboard is only visible to the public in your platform domain.

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