The insider's guide to all things Pantheon

Updating plugins used to be a difficult chore on WordPress. Thankfully, these days in most cases, it is as easy as checking a box and pressing a button. We at Pantheon love the ease at which you can update WordPress but also recognize that it’s a two edged sword. As with any software upgrade, things can go wrong. As professional developers, we try to minimize what can go wrong in production. To help you prevent things from going wrong in production, we’ve added a couple of extra button clicks into the process of upgrading. We think you’ll find them well worth the small extra effort.

Duran Goodyear is the web developer and principal of Alphex Information Systems, LLC,  which builds Drupal websites for small businesses.

Welcome to another edition of Lightning in a Bottle! The blog post where we look back at who said what this week, and why you should care. Let's dive right in, shall we?

Every time I attend a conference, the topic of Multisite inevitably surfaces. One thing I've noticed from talking to developers: you'll hear plenty of stories of Multisite gone wrong, having to unwind and re-architect, but I've yet to hear a single story of someone with experience with Multisite at scale who ever chose it a second time.

Nobody ever goes back to Multisite. If you want to know why, read on.

At Weill Cornell Medical College, Dan Dickinson manages a 12-person Web Communications team that designs and develops organizational websites for medical education, research, and patient care. Read how his team is rescuing 100+ websites from design anarchy—by setting out to build the best Drupal distribution in higher education.

The community response to Heartbleed has been commendable: fast packages from distributions, major infrastructure providers patching quickly, sites regenerating keys and notifying their users.

It's that time of the week again. Time to take a look at what is going on in the Drupal ecosystem. Let's root around and see if anything interesting happened this week. And yes, of course we know what happened this week.

Every now and then we like to stop and take a look at the developers that are using the Pantheon platform. This time, we get to talk with
Mike Milano
. Mike is located about half way between Los Angeles, CA - US and San Diego, CA - US.  I caught up with Mike via phone the other day. The following interview is the result of that conversation.

Heartbleed is a perfect storm for Internet security. Almost every single Internet-facing server using an unpatched OpenSSL library is exploitable.

Moving your WordPress blog to Pantheon is a 3 step process.

  1. Use WordPress Duplicator to archive your existing blog
  2. Let Pantheon import the archive.
  3. Profit!