Solutions, Not Platforms: How Agencies Can Rock Drupal AND WordPress

There’s a tendency in our industry to think of Drupal and WordPress as opposing camps, like Xbox vs PlayStation or iOS vs Android. Agencies pick sides, defend their choice, feel slightly superior to those on the other side, and get deep into specialization.

Homemade Quality, Hands-off Maintenance: How Agency Clockwork Expanded Services without Sacrificing Quality

Nothing beats a homemade, cooked-from-scratch apple pie. An expert at-home cook can make the dessert a work of art, from the flaky, buttery crust to the not-too-sweet, not-too-tart filling. But what happens when the cook opens a restaurant, and customers want more than apple pie? How can someone who spent years developing an apple pie provide the same level of excellence in custard, rhubarb, or pecan?

Web Docroot in WordPress & Composer

Composer is a dependency manager for PHP that has been widely adopted by the PHP community at large, but is used less frequently with WordPress. WordPress is largely procedural in nature, and Composer has great tools for object oriented code, like autoloading. That's nice to have but Composer is primarily a dependency manager, so today I'm going to show you the basics needed to manage a WordPress site with Composer.

Agencies: How to Implement Software Automation on a Budget

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A DevOps Approach to Improving Marketing/IT Relations

Back in the 60s, “marketing technology” meant a desk, a carton of smokes and three martinis. The mad men of the era would create amazing concepts, the secretaries would type them up, and the ads would be embraced by an easily-persuaded public.

A Few of Our Favorite Terminus Use Cases

Here at Pantheon, we love to talk about the problems our development tools solve for dev teams. One of those tools is Terminus, our command line interface. To celebrate the release of our 1.0 version, we decided to show you a few examples of how we use this feature internally to keep our team moving fast.

Script It and Forget It: Announcing Terminus 1.0

Today we’re happy to announce that the Pantheon command-line interface, Terminus, is going gold; we’ve hit the 1.0 milestone! Terminus has been battle-tested by our power users and developers over the past year, and our CLI is ready for mass consumption. Huzzah!

ACEing It: Sharing My Passion at Pantheon

I’m a firm believer that fate is a real thing. There are specific events that happen in your life that lead you to your next challenge. I’ve had a lot of forked-paths that could have gone a completely different way. I can’t help but think that each path I chose has led me to this beautiful, scenic road trip. You know, the kind that you wish would never end—except when you need food or a good stretch—because the scenery is so miraculous that you feel like you are in a completely different world.

Pantheon 2016: Year in Review

2016 was milestone year for Pantheon. We hired our 100th Pantheor, launched more than 50,000 new WordPress and Drupal sites, and worked every day/week/month to improve our product. We deploy to Pantheon across our entire platform multiple times a day, making thousands of changes throughout the year. Here is the highlight reel of major releases from this past year: February Created to explain and demystify WordPress performance and scaling best practices

What Will the Web Look Like in 2022?

For web developers and designers to thrive in the future, we ought to start preparing now. Until someone finally invents the flux capacitor—get on it, science—our best bet is to look at what’s happening now and try to extrapolate it out. Sometimes, that process ends up with something like this: I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse. —Robert Metcalfe, Inventor of Ethernet, December 1995

Top 10 Resources: WordPress on Linux

A WordPress Linux configuration can be used with a LAMP stack, or it is possible to install WordPress on Ubuntu or CentOS. A WordPress Linux configuration can be used with a LAMP stack, and it is possible to install WordPress on Ubuntu or CentOS. Below we present top links from across the web that describe how to install and configure WordPress to work with Linux operating systems and services:

The Freedom of Best Practices: Valet Shares Experience Streamlining Workflow on Pantheon

Does freedom mean “unlimited options?” Or does it mean, “the security to do great work with peace of mind?” For some developers, freedom might mean, say, the ability to hop on a live server and “cowboy code” a fix. But that kind of freedom might actually keep an agency from delivering the highest-quality service to their clients. For web development agencies, a solid set of best practices can be more freeing than a less restrictive, but more chaotic, approach.

Top 10 Resources: WordPress Courses and Certifications

Whether you're just getting started with WordPress, you're familiar with WordPress but want to acquire an additional skill, or you're an advanced WordPress developer, there exist many resources to learn and level up. Below is a list of top courses, certifications, and training for WordPress users of all levels.

Conversion, Churn, & Commitment

What do empires, multi-billion-dollar valuations, and love all have in common? Whether the participants are citizens, customers, or partners, they are all built from commitment. And when it comes to lasting commitment, there are only two numbers that matter. The first is how often someone does something meaningful, and the second is how long they keep doing it. Otherwise known as engagement and retention.

Announcing Privacy Shield Framework Compliance

On November 30, 2016, Pantheon became compliant with the Privacy Shield Framework. The framework was designed by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its goal is to provide both U.S. and European companies with a mechanism to comply with the EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the U.S.

Documentation and Training Relaunch

Our Documentation is a popular resource for anyone using or seeking to use Pantheon. We’ve always had great content, but sometimes finding that content was harder than it ought to have been. No longer! Today we’re proud to launch a major reorganization of our documentation. We’ve recategorized everything by objective-based topics that have been refined through user testing. Dig deeper and you’ll now discover relevant subtopics, as well as introductory videos. Perhaps you’re ready to launch your first site on Pantheon?

Top 10 Resources: Cloning WordPress Sites

Cloning a WordPress site refers to moving or copying the site to a different domain, server, backup site, or hosting. Several plugins are available to ensure a simpler and safer duplication or migration of the site. Below we present top resources that explain how to duplicate or migrate your WordPress site in different scenarios, and refer to several plugins designed for WordPress site cloning or migration.

Intermittent PHP7 Compatibility Notices, And Where To Find Them

If you’ve spent much time upgrading older websites to PHP 7, it’s likely you have encountered the annoying situation where PHP notices are printed directly into the HTML output, causing them to display in an ugly, unformatted jumble at the top of the page. The effect looks something like this:

Top Resources: WordPress Backup and Restore Pt. 2

While the need to migrate or move a WordPress site to a new domain might arise several times in the site's lifetime, these tasks can be risky and error-prone, and might even prove confusing and difficult to perform. Several tools and plugins exist to help complete these tasks smoothly and securely.