In this lesson, we'll upgrade from a free account to a paid plan by adding billing information or inviting a business owner to pay.
If you plan to pay for the site or if you want to wait to transfer ownership, you can add your own payment method now:
As the site owner, you’ll receive an email confirming the change to the site. After the site billing is processed, you’ll receive an updated invoice.
This is the most common way agencies handle billing. The invitation will guide the recipient through adding their payment method to the site for the designated plan.
The user who pays for the site becomes the site owner. Agencies maintain access by being associated as a Supporting Organization.
We recommend communicating with the business owner well in advance of sending an invitation. It's a good idea to have them notify you once they've upgraded so you can continue the going live procedure. Feel free to share the Site Owner FAQ guide with them.
Enter the intended site owner’s email and select the desired plan.
The business owner will get an email that directs them to create a Pantheon account or log in to an existing account. Once inside, they need to provide their contact and billing info.
Ask the new site owner to add your agency as a Supporting Organization so you can continue the going live procedure on their behalf.
Now that you've upgraded your site to paid plan, it's the perfect time to test how your site works in the wild.
In preparation for these tests, activate New Relic APM Pro so you can observe your site's performance like a maverick. This free service is accessible in the Pantheon Site Dashboard and offers a nearly real-time look into the performance of a web application.
Measure your site's response time to proactively expose bottlenecks. We recommend running performance tests before you run load tests.
Make sure your site can withstand peak traffic spikes after launch. This test should be performed on the Live environment before the site has launched, after performance testing.