Launching a Site

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.

Request a DNS Change for Offsite Hosting

How to Fill Out the Offsite Hosting Form

In order for your domain (URL) to work on your Pantheon site, will need to request to add a new "hostname" (domain/URL) via NetReg's Offsite Hostnames interface: 

https://netreg.berkeley.edu/

After logging in and selecting the proper security contact from the dropdown, navigate to "Offsite Hostnames" in the left sidebar menu, and select "Add Offsite Hostname."

Launch Your Pantheon Site

How to Launch a UC Berkeley Site on Pantheon

  1. Make sure your latest code and content is pushed to your live environment
  2. Provide Web Platform Services with a chartstring and hosting details by filling out the Upgrade to Paid Plan form
  3. Register your domain for CalNet authentication

When Your Site Actually Goes Live

Your site becomes live when the DNS updates that you requested from Hostmaster go into effect, and your hostname(s) have been added to your Pantheon site dashboard. Hostmaster can schedule DNS updates upon request. 

When you initially add your hostname(s) to your Pantheon site dashboard, and once the DNS changes go into effect, it can take up to one hour for the hostname(s) to finish HTTPS provisioning on Pantheon's Global CDN. 

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.