Pantheon, a San Francisco-based startup that provides businesses with a cloud-based content-management system for hosting and managing content based on the Drupal software, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding, it announced Tuesday. The round, led by Foundry Group, also includes leading venture firms Baseline, First Round, and Founders Collective.
GigaOM wrote about Pantheon when it opened to beta users last year, highlighting the service’s success at allowing larger companies to easily maintain websites that are appropriate to the scale of their business. For many of them, building a CMS (content-management system) from scratch is both expensive and unwieldy to manage. Purchasing large enterprise solutions can be expensive and imperfect, and smaller consumer solutions like Tumblr aren’t adequate for the scale those companies need.
With Pantheon, companies can host and manage all their Drupal-based public website infrastructure through one dashboard, making website management easier for IT professionals.
The company has gained significant traction, and its clients include UC-Berkeley, NBC Universal, and AAA, although it helps many smaller businesses run sites as well. Developers can build their site through Pantheon for free, and then pay once they’re ready to launch. The pricing is scaled to reflect the size and scope of the site being built.