How to create your first project
Its super simple.
What do you need to get started:
- A LaunchPal account
- An account with one of the supported hosts
Make sure your logged into your launchpal account. Your projects screen is the main screen you see after you login. It should be empty for you, like this:
So go ahead and click that green "Create a new project" button.
Step 1 Define your project
Give it a name & choose your app - in this case we will use Landing Page Server.
⚠️ When choosing a project name, remember that it has to be unique and can't be the same as another project. Because at this time its the only way of showing what the project is about, its worth keeping it short but descriptive of the project/campaign.
Step 2 Select Your Host
Choose one of the hosts we support. If your selecting one that you have not used before, you will be asked to authenticate. In this example I will use Digital Ocean, but you can check the Hosts section for information about the other hosts we support.
Once you selected the host, assuming you have not used it before you will be asked to authenticate your account at that host.
Once that's been saved, you will see the available locations supported by that host. Choose one that is right for your project.
After selecting the location, you will see the Sizes available in that region for that host. Select the one you think you need.
⚠️ Remember - with LaunchPal it only takes a few clicks to change the host, region or size of your server.
Click next to move on.
Step 3 Select File Management Method
LaunchPal makes it super easy to save files to your project. You can still use FTP if you want, but I suggest you try the Dropbox sync method or the Drag and Drop method. For this to keep it simple I will use drag and drop. You can read more about the other options on the File Sync page.
Select Drag & Drop ...
And drag a zip file of your landing page onto the target area.
Then click Next again ...
Your files will be uploaded and you will be asked to set your domain in the next step.
Step 4 Set the domain
The first time you use LaunchPal you will need to register a new domain when you create your first project.
Don't worry - its just a case of entering some keywords you want in your domain and it will show you the available options. Select the option you want and click "Buy Domain". You can read more about it in the page about Domains.
Once you have registered a domain you can also add a subdomain in the same window. Just click the ... and use the add subdomain button, after which you can enter it.
Lastly if you already have an old subdomain or domain you want to use that is free - just click Assign.
And then the interface will update to show you its assigned.
Once the domain or sub domain is assigned, click again on Next and the server will be build for your project.
Step 5 Building the Project
LaunchPal will then take you back to the project overview screen where your new project is now listed. The status of the build process is shown just below the Project Name and Type.
It takes normally around 5 to 10 minutes for the project to be build, but this depends greatly on your host at that specific time.
The stages the build goes through depends on how you are creating your project, but for a new basic project they are:
Step 6 Check the completed project
Once its completed and ready your screen will show something like this.
It lists on the left:
- the project name, with an easy button to open the IP address in a new browser tab
- the project type, in this example:
- next to the type, the file sync method, in this case
manualfor drag and drop upload
- below that, the size
512mb, the IP address
18.104.22.168and the location
Then in the middle it shows the date the project was created, and it lists any domains assigned to the project. Each domain is clickable and will open it in a new tab.
On the right is a quick menu for common project actions to add domains or make changes to the server.
Step 7 Viewing the project details
To view the details of the project, click on the title - as shown by the blue square in the little image below. Clicking the button identified by the green circle will open the IP address in a new browser tab.
The project screen looks like this:
There is a lot going on here, and rather then trying to explain it all, just check the links below to the sections that interest you: