Creating Sites

Create a new Drupal or WordPress site on Pantheon.

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The Pantheon Dashboard provides a quick "click to install" method of creating new sites. In less than five minutes, you'll have a new site up and running on the platform.

Create a Site

  1. From your User Dashboard, click Create New Site.

  2. Name your site.


    The site name will be prefixed to all Platform URLs, which are automatically configured as subdomains of

  3. If applicable, affiliate the site with an organization.

  4. Click Create Site.

  5. Choose a Region for the Site.

  6. Click Continue and wait a few moments for the Site to be created:

    Select a Region from the Create Your Pantheon Site screen

  7. Select your start state. Install WordPress, Drupal 8, or Drupal 7 with one click. You can also select from any of the public or Custom Upstreams available on the platform.

  8. Click Visit your Pantheon Site Dashboard.

  9. Click Visit Development Site and complete the installation process for the selected framework.

    Visit development site button

Sandbox Sites

Sandbox sites are useful for trying out the Pantheon platform, creating sandboxes for development, or for starting a new client project. A Sandbox has the equivalent resources of a Performance Small site. We allocate two Sandbox sites for all user accounts. If you've reached your limit of Sandbox sites, delete an unused site, take a site live or join an organization. If you're building sites for third parties, join the Pantheon Partner Program for more sandbox sites, Multidev environments, and other features. If you're at an educational institution, sign up for Pantheon for EDU.

Your Pantheon Account

Your account is your own individual account, and every account can manage multiple projects or sites at a time. Pantheon doesn't recommend sharing your account with other people. If you're collaborating on a project or handing over ownership to a client, use our team management and ownership transfer tools.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I rename my Pantheon site after creation?

No. Site names and Platform URLs are permanent and cannot be changed. As a workaround, you can export your existing site and import it to a new site with the correct name. See Migrate Sites to Pantheon FAQs.

What if my site name is already taken?

Site names must be unique across all Pantheon sites, including frozen sites. Choose another site name, and remember that the name you choose in the Pantheon Dashboard is only visible to the public in your platform domain.

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