Launching a Site

Launch Your Pantheon Site

Launching a UC Berkeley site on Pantheon requires these steps:

Add Domain Normalization Code to settings.php (Drupal)

See Redirecting Multiple Domains to the same Pantheon Drupal site to normalize your urls. For SEO reasons, you only want your site to be available at one URL. You want the url to redirect to your standard url.

Request a DNS Change for Offsite Hosting

Fill out IT Policy's offsite hosting form to request that your domain name be pointed to your Pantheon site:

Register for CalNet authentication

You may have already done this. Before you launch your site, you must register your domain with the CalNet admin team. It is not necessary to register your dev or test URLs; those have been preregistered for everyone.

For new sites, we recommend registering as soon as you have decided what your permanent domain will be. For sites moving to Pantheon, we recommend that you register before you fill out the offsite hosting request form.

Live Environment and Domains

Make sure your latest code and content is in the live environment

Use the Pantheon dashboard tools to ensure your live environment is ready to launch, with your latest code and content. Have your stakeholders review the site content before launch. If a third-party vendor developed your site, make sure that you or a member of your department is the official Owner of the site on the Pantheon dashboard.

Configuring DNS for your Live Website

CNAME vs. A Record

For most sites, creating a CNAME is not an issue. In a few cases, it is not possible for a website to use a CNAME. Some examples are if you are running a mail server at that domain or if you have subdomains of that domain. If you think this might be the case, please check with your department IT staff. Otherwise, Hostmaster will notify you if there are any problems when you submit your offsite hosting request.

When Your Site Actually Goes Live

Your site becomes live when the DNS updates that you requested from Hostmaster go into effect. Hostmaster can schedule DNS updates upon request.

Once the updates are implemented, visiting your live hostname ( from within the UC Berkeley campus network should take you to your new site.

Register a Security Contact for all Domains

All domains need to have a security contact on file. The security contact registration process is run by System and Network Security (SNS). Whoever manages IT for your department should go to to register your domains. This may be a department staff member or a provider such as CSS-IT. You will need the security contact email address when you request offsite hosting.