How to actually launch Pinegrow website


I am fairly new to Pinegrow (coming directly from Adobe Muse) and I have been searching for an answer to the question of how to actually launch my Pinegrow site. Adobe Muse had an actual ‘publish’ button, but Pinegrow doesn’t. I need to replace my Muse website with the new Pinegrow one, but I need some step by step instructions as to how to do it. I am planning on using GoDaddy to host my new site. I am not tech-savvy and get easily lost in the tech jargon, so please make it simple. I am an artist and get confused if it doesn’t involve paint and a canvas :slight_smile:

  1. Don’t use GoDaddy if you have any choice in the matter. They suck. (just my opinion.) I use Hostgator myself, but there are other options that are better than GoDaddy.

  2. Once you have purchased your hosting package, you’ll have to connect your domain (unless your domain is the same as your host.) This is done through the DNS settings panel of your domain provider. Typically, the simplest way to connect your domain to your web host is to get the nameservers from your webhost, and then enter them as custom nameservers with your domain provider. Most domain providers have instructions on how to connect your domain to a host with custom nameservers.

  3. When you purchase your hosting package, your webhost will supply you with the address of your webserver, and you’ll have chosen a user name and password. To get your website “online”, you have to upload the files generated by Pinegrow into the root folder of your webserver. This is typically done using an FTP (file transfer protocol) program like Filezilla, but can also be done through whatever file management software the webhost uses. For companies like Hostgator, this would be C-Panel. I believe GoDaddy has their own proprietary file transfer software.

If you use a program like Filezilla, you basically setup a new connection entering in the address of the webserver that was provided by the host, along with your name and password. The program will “connect” to the server, and display the folder structure. Then it’s just a matter of navigating to the project folder where your Pinegrow website is saved, and uploading the HTML files and the various asset folders (CSS, JS, Images, etc.) At that point, your site should now be viewable online.

The next time you want to update your site, you’d follow the same steps, select the same files and folders, and when you go to copy them, Filezilla will ask if you want to overwrite existing files with the same name, and give you a bunch of options like, “overwrite if source file is newer”, that sort of thing, so you don’t have to go and reupload files that haven’t changed.

It sounds a lot more complicated than it is.


Thank you! This actually makes sense to me. I would love to hear more though about why you don’t like GoDaddy. Are they hard to work with? Does their support stink? etc?


Just google “GoDaddy sucks” and you’ll see what I mean. Their UI is horrendous. Looks like it was designed by a five year old to be used by a three year old. And it’s always changing. They force you to do needless verifications on things. Trying to find things, like how to transfer ANYTHING away from GoDaddy, is like finding hen’s teeth. I just find them very hard to work with. Their domains are inexpensive though. Companies like web .com and 1and1 .com try and bang you for as much as $40 for a one year domain renewal unless you complain, and then they’ll lower it to a more reasonably $20.00

I actually have a domain reseller account with GoDaddy, and I wish I’d never gotten it. But now that I have over a hundred domains, I’m not going to go through the hassle of transferring them all to a new provider.

There phone support isn’t terrible. That the only good thing I will say about them.