Publishing the application pushes all your changes to the web instantly. Your application and all pages in Studio are not visible to anyone before you publish and share a link.
By default, your application gets assigned a subdomain: https://<randomname>.softr.io and is published to the Staging environment of Softr (not visible to anyone except you). You can view domain and publication status info by clicking the Publish button on the top navigation bar.
When you want your application to be visible to anyone on the web, you need to publish your changes to the Live environment and share a link. You can do this by clicking the Publish button inside the pop-up.
After publishing, you can share the public subdomain link to anyone (e.g. "https://terence642.softr.io" from the example above). In the next section, you'll find out how to personalize your subdomain link.
You can customize your public subdomain link that is assigned randomly (https://<randomname>.softr.io) to "https://application-name.softr.io". You can do this from Settings > General page, as shown below:
You can also connect your custom domain (e.g. yourdomain.com). For more information, please refer to the Custom Domain tutorial.