Cheeky Monkey Streamlines Workflow by Standardizing Documents

*/ /*-->*/ A few months ago, Cheeky Monkey Media’s development team met to identify current inefficiencies in our development processes. Around the room, from monkey to monkey, we shared the components of our current methods that we felt needed the most attention.

Elastic Hosting for Turbulent Times: How the ACLU Stays Up through Traffic Spikes

Four years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) made a move toward bigger, higher-profile campaigns and petition drives. They succeeded in getting more traffic to their information site,—only to find their infrastructure couldn’t handle the increase in attention. The ACLU chose to move the site to Drupal 7 and onto Pantheon. With Pantheon, they have found the stability and infrastructure they need to weather whatever traffic may come.

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.