Temporary URL

Note: Utilizing the temporary URL for development purposes is not recommended due to the extensive changes needed to properly configure a new domain name. The best practice, and our suggested alternative to using a temporary URL, is to update your computer's host file. For additional information about host files, please refer to the following article:

If you have already developed your site on a temporary URL and need assistance transitioning to your domain name, our Administrators can assist. Please create a ticket to our Migrations department to receive a quote for this service.

The temporary URL (short for Uniform Resource Locator) is used when your domain name is not working. Your actual URL can be found in your new account welcome email. The following examples demonstrate the correct temporary URL format according to the control panel being used.

Format for the Primary Domain

Hosting with cPanel

http://server.domain.com/~cpanelusername/

(Be sure to replace "server.domain.com" and "cpanelusername" with the actual hostname and cpanel username.)

Note: Any domain, shared IP or server name followed by /~cpanelusername/ can be used to see that user's site if it is hosted on that server or IP. This will allow any domain on the server to show the site for that username. This is a function of how cPanel works. For more detailed information about cPanel, see:

Hosting with Plesk 11

http://domain.com.the-IP-address.secure#.win.hostgator .com/

(Be sure to replace all of the above with the actual values and to have the dashes between the IP octets instead of dots.)

The IP address can be either the IP for the A record or the control panel, based on which one is actively pointing to the site (as A records can direct a domain name to point to a different server).

The best way to find the temporary URL from your Plesk control panel is to do the following:

  1. Click on the Web Sites and Domains tab.
  2. Click on the Domain Name for the hosting settings.
  3. In the hosting settings, look for the Preview link. This will provide the proper temporary URL.

Hosting with Plesk 10

https://serverIP:8443/sitepreview/http/mydomain.com/

(Be sure to replace "serverIP" and "mydomain.com" with the actual values.)

Hosting with Plesk 8 and 9

http://serverIP/$sitepreview/mydomain.com/

(Be sure to replace "serverIP" and "mydomain.com" with the actual values.)

Note: If you forget the trailing forward slash at the end of the URL, then you may be redirected to a different URL.

Format for Addon and Subdomains

Hosting with cPanel

http://server.otherdomain.com/~cpanelusername/document_root/

(Be sure to replace "server.otherdomain.com" and "cpanelusername" with the actual hostname and cpanel username.)

Hosting with Plesk 11

http://otherdomain.domain.com.the-IP-address.secure#.win .hostgator.com/

(Be sure to replace all of the above with the actual values and to have the dashes between the IP octets instead of dots.)

Hosting with Plesk 10

https://serverIP:8443/sitepreview/http/otherdomain.com/

(Be sure to replace "serverIP" and "otherdomain.com" with the actual values.)

Hosting with Plesk 8 and 9

http://serverIP/$sitepreview/otherdomain.com/

(Be sure to replace "serverIP" and "otherdomain.com" with the actual values.)


Control Panel URLs

Service URL format
cPanel http://ipaddress/cpanel
Webmail http://ipaddress/webmail
WHM http://ipaddress/whm
Plesk https://ipaddress:8443
Virtuozzo (VZ) https://ipaddress:4643

(Replace "ipaddress" with your server's IP address.)


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