Why we use Pantheon for our hosting and development

At BT48 we standardised on Pantheon for our development and hosting almost three years ago. Since then that decision has transformed our development workflow and as a result we have developed a robust methodology for developing, maintaining and supporting our client sites.​

Pantheon ensures your website will continue to perform at high speeds, with minimal need for support. The platform automatically does much of the work required to keep professional-grade WordPress and Drupal sites fast, secure, and scalable.

Pantheon isn’t the cheapest option out there and clients have queried the hosting costs of some of our projects. We believe that Pantheon offers the best value for our customers and here are five reasons why we recommend it to our clients:

1) The True Cost of Cheap Hosting

At £5 a month, shared hosting (or an unmanaged virtual server) may seem like a bargain. But it isn’t designed to keep Drupal and WordPress sites consistently secure, fast, and up-to-date. Neither include all the hidden costs agencies will need to bill you for because your £5 hosting plan doesn’t have a development and testing environment, reliable backups, and a reasonable and secure manner for developers to collaborate on a project.

The true costs of hosting can add up to thousands of pounds a year for ongoing maintenance and troubleshooting.

2) Squeeze More ROI from Your Investment

Every pound you spend on web development should contribute to the growth of your business. Using open-source CMSes like Drupal and WordPress brings you closer to that goal, as developers don’t need to start from scratch. However, they must still spend many hours on system administration.

Pantheon allows you to funnel 100% of your investment in web development directly to the high-value features and strategy that grow your business. And not just while your website is in development, but for its entire lifetime.

3) The Fastest Platform for Websites. Period.

Your business performance depends on your website performance. For every second visitors wait, conversions drop 7 percent. Pantheon is tuned to deliver the fastest performance possible.

Third-parties like Loadstorm rate Pantheon as #1 in performance and reliability. The platform is so ridiculously fast that sites migrating from generic hosting see dramatic speed boosts instantly.

4) Be Impervious to Website Attacks

If you never want to be hacked, Pantheon is the platform of choice. Pantheon makes continuous platform-wide upgrades so you don’t need to ask a developer about Heartbleed, Internet Doomsday, or other risks du jour.

Pantheon also enables your developers to quickly update your site in one click. No site that follows security best practices on Pantheon has ever been hacked, despite millions of attempts across tens of thousands of sites.

5) Save Billable Hours by Staying in Sync with Your Agency

Want to hire BT48 again? One quick email and we can log in and be working on a new feature at a moment’s notice. Identical environments keep work-in-progress separate from your live site, so you’ll never need to see screenshots or hand-drawn wireframes to know what developers are up to.

See the test site exactly as it will appear when it’s live. Developers used to spend billable hours configuring these environments by hand. Now those hours can go straight into your features wish list.​​

About BT48

Founded in 2011 BT48.com is a Northern Irish design and development company with offices in Belfast and Derry. We specialise in providing bespoke designed digital experiences using open source platforms. We combine creative thinking with practical development to build a website that is flexible enough to transform to the changing needs of your users and your organisation.​