Autopilot Automated Site Updates

Always keep your sites up-to-date. Autopilot automatically detects, performs, tests, and deploys updates for WordPress and Drupal.




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Save Time and Strengthen Security with Automation

How much time is your team spending on manual website updates and testing? Pantheon customers save on average 50 hours a month with Autopilot. Additional benefits:

  • Increase developer efficiency
  • Scale open-source CMS
  • Optimize for experience

How it Works

  1. Autopilot automatically detects and applies updates for your CMS, theme, and extensions.
  2. Visual regression testing (VRT) checks for errors before deploying to your chosen environment. Autopilot will alert you if an issue is detected.
  3. You decide where to deploy and how often.


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See it in action

Put CMS Updates on Cruise Control with Autopilot

Autopilot on Pantheon will automatically detect when new updates are available, perform the updates in an isolated Multidev environment, test the updates with automated visual regression testing, and deploy the updates in an effort to save time for users.

Focus on Innovation, Instead of Maintenance

How much time is your team spending on manual website updates and testing? See how much easier website maintenance can be when you use Pantheon Autopilot.


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See the Impact of Automation

Productivity statistics make it easy for you to see the number of hours your team has saved, total core and plugin updates applied, and total sites using Autopilot. Instantly understand and communicate the value and impact of using Autopilot.

Autopilot Benefits

Manage innovation instead of maintenance

Automate Developer Efficiency

Streamline the web operations process for updates with pre-configured automation and desired frequency from detection to deployment.

Open Source CMS as a Service

Expertly configured open source stack to ensure the best possible performance, stability, and security. Focus on sites, not servers, and retain all the control that comes with owning your code.

Optimize for Experience

Leverage with certainty open source tooling available to organizations and bring increased value to your website, your teams, and your customers.

Maintenance risk and toil is probably the single biggest impediment to open source CMS, the opportunity to apply machine learning capabilities and AI-driven testing to updating your core CMS, plugins, and themes allow for an improved level of scaled web performance.
Josh Koenig, Head of Product & Co-Founder, Pantheon


Manage CMS updates with ease

Automated Update Detection

Identify critical core WordPress and Drupal CMS releases for updates on features, compliance, security, plugins, and themes.

Update Core CMS Upstreams

Update WordPress and Drupal CMS and its public/free modules + plugins, and themes.

Hands-off Visual Regression Testing

Confidently approve updates and ensure site integrity with exacting multiple environment testing.

Pre-Configured Workflows

Enable Autopilot on your site in a single click (really!) and get the equivalent of hours of manual QA work each month.

Scheduled Updates or On-Demand

Stay up-to-date with the confidence for on-demand, daily, weekly, or monthly updates to keep you compliant, secure, and efficient.

Performance Testing

Improve the QA process and automatically test the performance of CMS updates, plugins, and themes in a multidev environment.

Triggered Notifications

Automatically receive alerts through the Pantheon dashboard, email, mobile, or platform of your choice through Quicksilver Hooks.

Activity Reporting

Utilize reporting to see an accurate account of what was updated, when and detailed screenshots of the activity.

Focus Your Resources on Growth

Confidently adopt open-source CMS and redeploy your resources for growth today.
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