Glossary

A collection of terms and definitions through Pantheon's Documentation

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Advanced Global CDN

Advanced Global CDN is a Managed Service that takes Pantheon's CDN offering a step forward, for customers that require unique optimizations for digital delivery at scale.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Professional Services

Age

The number of seconds cache has been available to serve the request. Any number greater than zero indicates that this response was served to the browser from cache.

Excerpt from: Frontend Performance

Authoritative Name Server

The service that publishes your domain's DNS records

Excerpt from: Introduction to the Domain Name System

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Bias

Allows certain parts of indexed items to influence the importance of search results. The higher the bias, the greater the influence; the range is 0.1 to 21.0.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

Block Caching

If you're generating a block, this will expose the block to Drupal's built-in block caching.

Excerpt from: Caching in Drupal Views

Branch

Movable pointer to a set of commits, allowing independent development and history.

Excerpt from: Multidev

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Cache-control

This header should include a max-age that is the maximum number of seconds that the cache can be kept.

Excerpt from: Frontend Performance

Classist language

Classist language denigrates or erases the experience of those from other socio-economic classes, specifically those classes seen as "below" the speaker.

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

Commit

Record snapshot to history.

Excerpt from: Multidev

Composer

Composer is a widely-used PHP dependency and package manager that provides an alternative, more modern way to manage the external (non-core) code used by a WordPress or Drupal site.

Excerpt from: Composer Fundamentals and WebOps Workflows

Continuous Integration

Continuous Integration (CI) is a method of running automated unit and integration tests to apply quality control. Pantheon doesn't provide or host tools for continuous integration, but many tools and techniques are compatible with Pantheon. If you have a particular use case or technique that you'd like to highlight, let us know by contacting support.

Excerpt from: Continuous Integration Solutions on Pantheon

Core

A core is a separate configuration and index using a single Solr instance. A core is created when the schema is posted. For more information, see https://wiki.apache.org/solr/CoreAdmin

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

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Database

A single .sql dump that contains the content and active state of the site's configurations.

Excerpt from: Migrate to Pantheon: WordPress Site Networks

Decoupled Architecture

Decoupled Architecture is a site architecture that combines the speed and agility of static sites with the editing ease of standard-model content management systems. Web teams can use tools and frameworks specialized to their areas of expertise; Front-end Developers can use modern JavaScript-centric frameworks and libraries rather than the theming systems of older, monolithic LAMP stack systems like WordPress and Drupal.

Excerpt from: Decoupled Sites

Docroot

The docroot is the directory from which your site is served. On Pantheon, this defaults to the root directory of the site's codebase (code). Specifying web_docroot: true in your pantheon.yml file or in the pantheon.upstream.yml file in your upstream allows you to serve site files from the web subdirectory of your site's code repository on all Pantheon environments (e.g. code/web).

Excerpt from: Serving Sites from the Web Subdirectory

Document

A document is similar to a database row, containing the contents of what is to be searched and whatever fields are associated with it, like title.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

Domain

The last section of your website name before the TLD, the domain is what you purchase from the Registrar.

Excerpt from: Introduction to the Domain Name System

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Environment

Independent infrastructure for a site, including code, database, and files.

Excerpt from: Multidev

Environment Name

Machine readable, such as "dev", "test", "live", or "bug123", which refers to the target site environment on Pantheon.

Excerpt from: Terminus Manual

EOL

End-of-life (EOL) versions are available on the platform but no longer under active development, and should not be used unless absolutely necessary.

Excerpt from: Upgrade PHP Versions

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Facet

Search facets allow search results to be filtered; examples include seeing a list of potential filters and the count of matches for each filter on the left, like Amazon product searches.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

Fork

To divide in branches, copying source code to start independent development. At Pantheon, we are also copying content (files and database) when forking.

Excerpt from: Multidev

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Gendered language

Gendered language is commonly understood as language that has a bias towards a particular sex or social gender.

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

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Host

This is the name of the remote machine your database is running on. If you are a Pantheon customer, localhost is wrong. Get the correct host from your Site Dashboard and paste it in the PHP script to replace localhost.

Excerpt from: Converting MySQL Tables From MyISAM to InnoDB

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Identity Provider (SAML)

Where user information is housed (e.g. Google Apps).

Excerpt from: Using WP SAML Auth with Google Apps

Inclusive language

Inclusive language is defined as "language that avoids the use of certain expressions or words that might be considered to exclude particular groups of people."

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

Index

Structure containing extracted keywords from a document for rapid search and retrieval, similar to a database table.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

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List Price

Set price for new sites that aren't purchased via a qualified agency partner.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Annual Billing

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Merge

Combine contents of a branch into another, like a bug fix branch into master.

Excerpt from: Multidev

Multizone Failover

Multizone Failover is a high-availability Disaster Recovery solution with intelligent failover at the Global CDN layer.

Excerpt from: Site Multizone Failover (formerly Disaster Recovery)

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Object Cache (formerly Redis)

Pantheon's Object Cache (formerly Redis) is an open-source, networked, in-memory, key-value data store based on Redis that can be used as a drop-in caching backend for your Drupal or WordPress website.

Excerpt from: Object Cache (formerly Redis)

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Password

This is your MySQL password for the user you specified in the line above.

Excerpt from: Converting MySQL Tables From MyISAM to InnoDB

Port

This is the port that is running MySQL on your computer. Again, if you are a Pantheon customer, we give you this information. If you are not, 3306 is the standard port for MySQL.

Excerpt from: Converting MySQL Tables From MyISAM to InnoDB

Preferred Price

Preferred Pricing is available to qualified agency partners. Learn more about the Pantheon Partner Program.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Annual Billing

Push

Send changes to a remote repository.

Excerpt from: Multidev

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Query Results Caching

Raw Query Results, which should be cached for at least 1 minute. As the subject matter expert, you're in the best position to know how often your content should change.

Excerpt from: Caching in Drupal Views

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Racial language

Racial language is derogatory to people due to their ethnicity, race, or skin color. These terms, slurs, and stereotypes contributed to decades of prejudice, discrimination, and violence.

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

Registrar

The service through which you purchase a domain name. Most registrars also offer DNS management services.

Excerpt from: Introduction to the Domain Name System

Rendered Output Caching

Generated markup, which should be cached for as long as possible (if the query changes, the output will be refreshed).

Excerpt from: Caching in Drupal Views

Repository

Centralized location of code intended for distribution.

Excerpt from: Your Site Code on Pantheon

Retired

Sites using retired versions of PHP will continue to serve pages, but new development cannot be done. To resume development on a site using a retired version of PHP, first upgrade the PHP version on the development environment.

Excerpt from: Upgrade PHP Versions

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Schema.xml

Contains details about the fields that documents can contain, and how those fields are handled when adding documents to the index or querying those fields. Must be posted using the pantheon_apachesolr module before indexing and searching will work. For more information, see https://wiki.apache.org/solr/SchemaXml.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

Score

Calculated relevance of matches influenced by bias, represented as a float.

Excerpt from: Pantheon Search (formerly Pantheon Solr)

Service Provider (SAML)

Application depending on user information provided by the Identity Provider (e.g. WordPress).

Excerpt from: Using WP SAML Auth with Google Apps

Site Label

Human readable, such as "Your Awesome Site", entered during site creation and displayed in the Site Dashboard.

Excerpt from: Terminus Manual

Site Name

Machine readable, such as "your-awesome-site", either derived automatically by the platform from the site label or uniquely defined during site creation via Terminus. This value is used to construct platform domains.

Excerpt from: Terminus Manual

Site Visits

We consider a Site Visit as a 200-level (and some 300-level) response code in response to a visitor, and we identify unique consumers as a combination of user agent (device/browser) and IP address (network source), as shown in the diagram below.



Subdomain

Separate by periods (.), subdomains precede the domain name. www is the most commonly seen subdomain. Subdomains can also stack (example: www.something.example.com).

Excerpt from: Introduction to the Domain Name System

Surrogate-key-raw

Metadata including the the content IDs for what was displayed on this page. This metadata instructs this page to be cleared from cache when any of those posts are saved again. This header is only present when you specifically add a debugging header (Pantheon-Debug:1) to your request. You can use a browser extension to add the debugging header (here are some extensions for Chrome and Firefox).

Excerpt from: Frontend Performance

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TLD

Stands for Top Level Domain. This is the last piece of your website URL (.com, .net, .org, etc)

Excerpt from: Introduction to the Domain Name System

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Unconscious biases

Unconscious biases are underlying stereotypes, attitudes, or generalizations we hold toward a group of people that may not be immediately obvious, but affect how we treat others.

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

Upstream

A code repository that serves as a common package for your web application.

Excerpt from: Your Site Code on Pantheon

User

This is the user name you use to connect to MySQL with.

Excerpt from: Converting MySQL Tables From MyISAM to InnoDB

UUID

Every user, organization, product, and site is assigned a UUID which is internal to Pantheon. The site UUID is unique combination of 32 alphanumeric characters, found within the URL for the site Dashboard.

Excerpt from: The Site Dashboard

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Violent communication

Violent communication limits liberty, denies recognition of needs, diminishes the worth of a person, and/or blocks compassion. Violent communication is often the result of using manipulative or coercive language that induces fear, guilt, shame, praise, blame, duty, obligation, punishment, and/or reward.

Excerpt from: Inclusive Language at Pantheon and in the Pantheon Community

Visitor

A visitor is a person or device who/that receives information from the site. The platform counts each visitor once per day, regardless of the number of times they return that day or the number of pages they visit that day.


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Workflows

When there is a change to the structure of the site, such as a site plan change, newly committed code changes, cleared code cache, an automated backup completes, etc., the status of that event appears in the Workflows dropdown. If the status is red, the transaction failed and more information may be available in the Status or Errors sections.

Excerpt from: The Site Dashboard

Workspaces

Workspaces are the improved version of the Legacy Dashboards, with Pantheon features and actions that are conveniently available in one place.

Excerpt from: The New Pantheon Dashboard

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X-served-by

This header indicates which POP your response came from. Our primary infrastructure is in the Midwest of the United States so the first item you will probably see on this list will include "ORD" for the O'Hare airport in Chicago. If you're physically located in Austin you will also see DFW, indicating the response went from the primary datacenter to a cached copy in Chicago to a cached copy in Dallas.

Excerpt from: Frontend Performance