Multisite Governance

Overview of WordPress multisite support on the Pantheon Platform.

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Multisite on Pantheon

There are two primary layers involved in the governance system when you own a multisite on Pantheon.

Pantheon

  • Organization admin (full portfolio)

    • Site owner (specific WP site)

WordPress

  • Network site admin (all sites)

    • Site admin (individual site)

This means that both Pantheon and your team manage different aspects of your multisite.

Pantheon's responsibilities include:

  • Managing themes
  • Administration
  • Other technical aspects

Your team's responsibilities include:

  • Content creation and editing
  • Content accessibility
  • Creating pages (site administrator)
  • Managing site settings (site administrator)
  • Managing pages and posts
  • Uploading media
  • Editing menus

Multiple, Single Site Governance

Each WordPress site is owned or maintained by a different group at the Pantheon level. There is a management difference between who owns the Pantheon account and can update code versus who manages the application with content and site-specific configuration. For example:

  • Site Owner US owns the US Pantheon site

    • Manager X manages WordPress
  • Site Owner UK owns UK the Pantheon site

    • Manger Y manages WordPress

Site Governance

Multisite Governance

A multisite setup can be more efficient for teams as long as roles and responsibilities are defined.

Pantheon Owner

  • 1 person in this role
  • Pays for account
  • Manages users who manage the platform, such as adding plugins, running backups, etc.

WordPress Network Administrator

  • 2 people in this role
  • Manages the core WP site
  • Assigns users to country-specific subsites

Individual Network Site Owners

  • 3 - 5 people in this role
  • Manages content and plugin settings for an individual multisite

Multisite Governance Example