Decoupled Sites

Pantheon is working to bring you the latest tools to build Decoupled Sites.

Contributors: Steve Persch, Alex Fornuto.

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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.

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Pantheon's Decoupled Architecture

Pantheon is enabling developers and agencies to easily create and manage Decoupled Sites from a single platform.

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Decoupled Sites

Decoupled Sites run a Node.js codebase in parallel with a WordPress or Drupal site. It can be used where a domain's public traffic is delivered from a server-side rendered front-end framework such as Next.js or Gatsby and administrative content editing is done in a WordPress or Drupal interface.

A flow diagram of the Decoupled Sites architecture

Decoupled Sites are presently in Early Access, where we are engaging with a small set of customers via our Professional Services team.

Pantheon Decoupled Sites will be built to run on a content delivery network (CDN) and optimized for popular static site generator (SSG) frameworks like Gatsby. Decoupled Sites will take the results of a Node.js static site generator process and deploy it to the edge of the Global CDN.


What Content Management Systems (CMS) will Decoupled Sites support?

WordPress and Drupal are still the CMSs of choice at Pantheon, and are the only data source available for these products.

What Git providers will Decoupled Sites support?

Both products are being developed with GitHub as the location of source repositories. During Early Access and Limited Availability we will evaluate other providers with which our customers need to integrate.

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