Testing your website using your Temporary URL
All accounts include a temporary url that you can use to test your website. You'll want to use the temporary url in the following cases:
- Your domain was just registered, and is not fully activated
- You are migrating your website from another host, and have not yet updated your DNS
What is my Temporary URL?
Your temporary URL can be found in AMP. To locate your Temporary URL in AMP:
- Log into your Account Management Panel
- Click the Account Technical Details button.
- Your Temporary URL will be listed next to Temp URL. It will look similar to http://ecbiz108.inmotionhosting.com/~userna5
What does my Temporary URL do?
Your Temporary URL allows you to test your website if your domain name is not yet pointing to our servers. This is typical if you are transferring your website to InMotion Hosting. Your domain name will still point to your previous hosting provider while you're uploading and testing your website on our servers.
Important! The Temporary URL and the Temporary cPanel URL's are not really temporary. They go to the same location as your regular cPanel and Web files. The difference between the temp and live site is how you access the files. You can access the server when your domain is not active or not pointing to your server with us.
How do I test my website with the Temporary URL?
Earlier in the article, we showed you how to log into AMP and find your Temporary URL. To test your website using the Temporary URL, simply visit that URL. You should see your website at this point. You'll want to click on various links in your site and ensure each page is loading.
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2013-04-02 1:01 pm
The temp link works for the home page but subsequent requests return to the original domain... think this is due to WordPress storing the original domain for all links in it's database as opposed to all links being relative?
2013-04-02 1:31 pm
Hello cottoa00 ,
When using a WordPress site, it is far better to set up the site using a hosts file modification. This involves nothing on the hosting server side, so all files and settings will stay as they are. This setup will allow you to use your normal domain name to view the site from the hosting server while the rest of the world sees it from the current location. Below is an article that will guide you on doing this:
Modifying your hosts file
2013-12-04 11:28 am
Hi when I am trying to preview my site through temporary URL it showing my website but a 404 error page.
I don't know if it's good to share my temporary URL openly in a blog so I am not sharing it.
2013-12-04 1:04 pm
Sorry to hear you're having some issues accessing your website over the temporary URL. In some cases if you're using a CMS like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, you'd be better of testing your site by modifying your hosts file on your local computer.
Doing it this way, just your computer would access your website on our server, while the rest of the Internet would continue to go to your "live" website. Then you wouldn't need to worry about modifying your site URL setting in your software, which typically is what causes this 404 page not found error to happen. You also wouldn't have to worry about adjusting it back to the normal domain version after pointing your domains DNS to our server.
You do also have the ability to modify the WordPress Site URL from wp-config.php if you are using WordPress. For instance you could add this to your wp-config.php file to have your site use the temporary URL format:
Let us know if you were still having any issues at all getting it to work.
2013-12-05 12:55 am
I tried the modifying hosts file method, but after editing the host file I couldn't save it.
It showing an error message while saving >
With Notepad++ it shows "check if your file is opened in another program"
With Notepad it shows " You don't have enough permission to save file in this directory"
What the heck is going on with my pc ?
Any solution from your side ?
2013-12-05 1:19 am
Ops it's fine now, I found the reason for this error.
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