Getting Started with GridPane

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Welcome to GridPane, we’re glad that you are here! Our platform is very straightforward, but there are a few steps and requirements. This guide will walk you through the basics and will be enhanced with a video soon.

Account Activation

Once you’ve registered for your account you need to confirm your email address to activate it. On signing up we’ll immediately send you an activation link – as soon as you click on it you can then start adding new servers and sites.

Infrastructure (Servers)

What you’ll need first is infrastructure! It’s BYOI here at GridPane :). We natively support Digital Ocean (https://www.digitalocean.com/), Vultr (https://www.vultr.com/), Linode (https://www.linode.com), and AWS Lightsail (https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/). All you need to do is sign up with one of these providers, get an API key, add it to your GridPane account, and spin the server up through our GridPane UI. Need more info? Here’s our Provisioning Servers section on our KB: 

Provisioning Servers

Sites

Once you have a server set up, it’s time to add a site. In many cases, our customers are migrating a site in to the GridPane platform, and there’s a few things you might need depending on where you’re coming from. Here’s a guide to doing a zero downtime migration: 

https://gridpane.com/kb/How-to-Migrate-to-GridPane-with-Zero-Downtime

Here at GridPane, we believe in using the very best tool for each part of a website. For example, if you’re coming from a cPanel/Plesk/DirectAdmin based environment, you may be used to everything just being done for you. cPanel is a jack of all trades, master of none, so while it does a lot of things for you, it’s not the best. So here are the basics you’ll need:

DNS Provider – If you’re coming from cPanel, typically DNS is handled by cPanel, and so you’ll need a new DNS host. You can use the registrar of your domain (where you bought it), CloudFlare, or DNS Made Easy, just to name a few. CloudFlare is strongly recommended, it’s free for DNS usage, and right now they are the leader in performance: https://www.dnsperf.com/. Chances are, if you’re coming from Flywheel, Kinsta, WPEngine, Runcloud, Cloudways, etc, you’ll probably already have a DNS provider and be familiar with it. Here’s a guide to DNS: 

Setting DNS Records

Email Provider – If you’re using Flywheel, Kinsta, WPEngine, Runcloud, Cloudways, etc, you’re probably already using an email provider like Office 365, GSuite, MXroute, etc. If you’re coming from a cPanel/Plesk/DirectAdmin provider, you might be using the built in email, and you’ll need to find a new provider for your email hosting. Office 365 and GSuite are the top providers in this space. MXroute and Zoho are not bad.

In addition to sorting out email hosting, we also don’t install email on server stack when you spin up a server. What that means is, when you add a site to your GridPane server, your site won’t automatically send email (password reset emails, order emails, etc). You’re not left without options though, we provide SendGrid to make things easier: 

Using SendGrid SMTP for Transactional Emails

Done 🙂

Once you have DNS sorted, and email sorted, that’s really all you need on the GridPane platform.