Building Rungs: The Landing Page, Part One
This post is a continuation of the “Building Rungs” series. The first post is here.
As mentioned in previous posts, I bought the domain name rungsapp.com for my goal-setting app/project Rungs (previously known as rungs.me). While I’m far from being ready to promote it at all, I would like there to be something for visitors to see when they reach the domain name.
A few months ago I came out with LaunchRocket, a free “coming soon” template. So an easy move for me would be to:
- Download a copy of LaunchRocket
- Upload said copy to my server (I’m currently using JustHost and DigitalOcean for various projects)
- Point rungsapp.com to the proper Nameserver
- Customize the LaunchRocket template accordingly
Steps 1 should be simple enough. Step 2 is simple if you’re familiar with web hosting (if anyone wants a post on my experience with web hosts, let me know). Step 3 might sound a little more foreign to you, so let me dive into that.
When you buy a domain name, it’s similar to purchasing a phone number. When you buy hosting, it’s similar to purchasing a phone. Just like someone dials your number and it rings on the phone of your choice (where they can then access you), when someone visits your domain name, their browser will display the files on the host of your choice (where they can then access said files/your site).
When you purchase a new domain name, as I just did with rungsapp.com, I now have the domain name, but it doesn’t know what to display. I need to log in to my registrar account (in this case Netfirms) and set this domain name’s Nameserver to point to my server.
Now it happens to be that I don’t have to do some of these steps. As I mentioned in previous posts, I owned rungs.me. And I had a landing page up for it. I lost the domain name (I let it expire, at the time that I’m writing this it’s up for grabs, I’m just choosing not to grab it again), but I still have those files on my server. So what I need to do is point rungsapp.com to my server and just pop those files into the correct directory/folder.
Here is what I did:
- Logged in to Netfirms and changes rungsapp.com’s Nameserver addresses from ns1.netfirms.com and ns2.netfirms.com to ns1.justhost.com and ns2.justhost.com (the latter two being the Nameserver for my current host for this project)
- Logged into my JustHost accounts and added rungsapp.com to a list of my domain names. Because I had already pointed the domain name to the correct Nameserver, JustHost was able to verify that I am indeed the owner of said domain name
- While adding the new domain name to JustHost, I chose my old rungs folder, where all of my files already are
- I checked out http://rungsapp.com/ and it seems to be working! Although it is loading a bit slowly, so I’ll have to look into that.
- Going into my file directory on JustHost, I edited some of the files to change the site from being “Rungs.me” to “Rungs”. I had previously included the .me domain extension as part of the brand because of the odd nature of .me’s in general. But now I can shorten the brand to just “Rungs”. This included modifying a logo image in PhotoShop. I’ll hopefully write up a post about text logos in the future.
- Took a break to make some food.
The next post will include the MailChimp integration I have going on the page, adding FontAwesome and some Twitter action.