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Creating a Sandbox Site

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Article Number : KB0014885
Published on : 2019-10-18
Last modified : 2019-10-18 15:20:16
Knowledge Base : IT Public Self Help


Before making a sandbox site you must have a developer account.  Click below to access the developer account request form.

Request Developer Access

  • Log in to your Pantheon dashboard using the single sign-on method with your email -
  • Click the "Create Site" button on your user dashboard
  • Supply a site name and click "Continue"
    • NOTE: The site name will be used in the URL for your DEV, TEST, and LIVE environments (e.g. "My Awesome Site" becomes ""). Once a sandbox site is promoted to a paid site plan, service stewards will add the domain to the LIVE environment
    • NOTE: We recommend that you select a consistent prefix for your department/organization and prefix all of your site names accordingly (e.g., “laits,” “libraries”).
  • Next, you will be given options to select an organizational distribution, site type, or site distribution on which to base your new site:
    • Organizational Distributions: UT Drupal Kit and WordPress for Texas are the ITS-supported distributions which include UT-branded themes and the necessary modules to enable UTLogin SAML authentication
    • Site Types: developers not wishing to use an organizational distribution can select Drupal 7, Drupal 8, or WordPress, with no customizations

NOTE: If you need EID authentication for content editors or university-approved branding, you should always use one of the Organizational Distributions.

NOTE: The decision of which distribution to use for your new site is FINAL. You cannot change the distribution for a site after the fact, but would have to create a new site from scratch.


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