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 non-agency developers and Registered Agencies (i.e. non-Partner Agencies) deliver completed sites to their clients. If you are a Partner Agency looking to ensure that your client receives preferred pricing, you should instead send an invitation to your client to pay for the site.
Single-site businesses can also use this method when site ownership needs to be transferred to someone else within the company. The invitation will guide the recipient through adding their payment method to the site for the designated plan.
We recommend communicating with the business owner well in advance of sending a transfer request. 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.
This process will transfer ownership of the site. The account paying for the site is automatically assigned the Site Owner role. Agencies maintain access by being associated as a Supporting Organization.
Resellers and Enterprise organizations should contact Pantheon Support directly to transfer ownership.
Now that you've upgraded your site to a 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 service is accessible from the Pantheon Site Dashboard for all site plans except Basic, and it offers a nearly real-time look into the performance of a web application.
Measure your site's response time to proactively expose potential 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.