Web Hosting (Pantheon)

Pantheon provides powerful, easy-to-use tools for building and maintaining Drupal and Wordpress-based websites and applications.
 IST has partnered with San Francisco-based Pantheon to provide free state-of-the-art development tools and affordable hosting plans with 24/7 support.

See Hosting Your Site on Pantheon for a step-by-step guide to using Pantheon.

Get a Free Developer Account
Go to http://dashboard.getpantheon.com/register and create a free Pantheon developer account. Use your berkeley.edu email address when creating your account. Select "UC Berkeley" as organizational affiliation when creating a new site. This will give you access to forthcoming UC Berkeley Drupal distributions and other customizations, such as CAS and LDAP configurations, which will greatly simplify your Drupal development. When you are ready to take your site live using a UC Berkeley plan, please complete the site launch web form (CAS Authentication required).

Launch Your Site/Schedule Automated Backups
Launch your Pantheon site with special UC Berkeley hosting plans! (CAS Authentication required). Links to this webform are provided from the Pantheon dashboard under the Plan tab and when you click Custom Domain Names (Pantheon considers adding a custom domain "going live"). You can also submit the Launch your Pantheon site form in order to enable automated backups from the Pantheon dashboard (you must select a paid plan before enabling this feature).

Berkeley Plans
UC Berkeley Pantheon subscribers can select from four plans: Personal, Pro, Business, and Elite. UC Berkeley subscribers receive substantial price discounts off Pantheon's public pricing (see table below), as well as access to custom features, such as custom distributions and the ability to purchase with campus billing chartstring.

For more detail on plans see the descriptions of the corresponding plans on Pantheon's pages (which do not reflect UC Berkeley discounts).

Plan Cost (per month, with discount) Discount Plan Description Target Use Support
Personal $20 20% Small websites with modest traffic requirements. Hundreds of logged out visitors a day. Maintain a handful concurrent logged-in users* Personal blog or small project site Best effort business hours support
Pro $75 25% Scalable run-time for business needs. Handle hundreds of thousands of monthly page views. Maintain hundreds of concurrent logged-in users*. Group or department site Priority business hours support
Business $300 25%
  • Highly available workers
  • More memory
  • Site specific monitoring
  • Includes Multidev

Priority business hours support

phone support

Elite Depends on scope   Sites with Elite support and resource requirements beyond the Pantheon "self-serve" plans will need to be scoped and priced separately as Pantheon Elite plans, as the Elite plan pricing depends on requirements.

Pantheon's Elite plans feature:

  • 24x7 Emergency Support
  • Pantheon's managed scaling to meet extreme traffic demands
  • Pantheon's Pre-Launch Concierge
  • 2 hour ticket response time
  • SLA backed uptime guarantee
  • Site monitoring
  • High Availability configuration including Master/Slave DB and redundant app servers
  • And many more features outlined at: http://getpantheon.com/pricing
Custom web application or mission critical infrastructure See Plan Description

* Definition of "Concurrent Logged-In Visitors": Every Drupal site requires at least one administrator to log in in order to update site configuration. In some cases, a site has a team of people who log in to update content. As a rule of thumb, if you have a team of content editors and typically more than 3 of them need to be logged in to the site making many content (or configuration) updates at the same time, you may see performance decline on a Personal level site and you may want to upgrade to Pro.

Some Drupal sites have interactive features like "write a review," "rate a product" or "add a comment." These features usually require that visitor create accounts and log in to the site. If you expect to have more than 3 visitors logged into your site at the same time in order to use these interactive elements, you may see performance decline on a Personal level site and you may want to upgrade to Pro.

For more information about plans please refer to https://www.getpantheon.com/pricing.

Learn More


Please see this Drupal Resources page.

UC Berkeley-specific Modules

Modules for using CAS and configuring SMTP are available here.


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