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:

  1. Your domain was just registered, and is not fully activated
  2. 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:

  1. Log into your Account Management Panel
  2. Click the Account Technical Details button.
  3. Your Temporary URL will be listed next to Temp URL. It will look similar to

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?
22,987 Points
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

Best Regards,
Scott M
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.
9,968 Points
2013-12-04 1:04 pm
Hello Abhijit_Guha_007,

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.

- Jacob
2013-12-05 12:55 am
Hi Jacob
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.
12,598 Points
2014-11-28 12:19 pm
Hello Abhijit_Guha_007,

Thank you for letting us know. Would you mind sharing your solution for other people who may see this post?

Thank you,
n/a Points
2014-05-20 5:23 pm



Do temporary URLS also exist for add-on domain websites? I would like to see the website before the domain is redirected to your server. 


Thank you!

9,968 Points
2014-05-20 5:34 pm
Hello MB, and thank you for your question.

Yes you can also use a temporary URL for your addon domain. If your cPanel user name was userna5 and you had an addon domain called with the addon domain document root set to /public_html/, then your temporary URL for the addon domain would be:

Make sure you replace with the actual server your addon domain is on for it to work. You could also call the addon domain by specifying its folder in relation to your primary domain:

Another alternative you have is to modify your hosts file to force your computer to resolve your addon domain directly to our server without having to point the live DNS to our server.

Please let us know if you had any other questions at all!

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-07-03 8:15 pm

None of my temporary URL's work after I upload the database for the site that I'm moving... it works immediately after I installed wordpress but then when I uploaded the database, I get a blank page...any suggestions

9,968 Points
2014-07-03 8:21 pm
Hello Jerri,

Usually when working with a CMS you will want to modify your local hosts file instead of trying to use the website over the temporary URL.

This way you can work directly with your site on the server as your develop it, without the DNS being updated to point the site live to the server yet.

Or in your case, you would need to setup WordPress to work with Temporary URL so that the correct pages are loaded until you point the site live to the server. The downside of using a temporary URL, is that once you update your domain's DNS to point to the server, you have to go back anyway and configure things to work as if they were just running on the main domain.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-08-11 9:30 pm
add troubleshoot link
n/a Points
2014-09-22 1:38 pm


After regarding a new domain name and registering for hosting. I was given a temporary url to work with.

After installing wordpress on the server, public html, I'm directed to wp and after clicking, I meet the plain html page of wp homepage. Is that ryt? What do I do?

22,987 Points
2014-09-22 3:16 pm
Hello mayor,

I'm not sure i follow what you are saying. Would it be possible for you to give us the link to the page you are talking about?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-09-25 9:28 pm

Just reading the comments above regarding temp URLs for Wordpress and thought this may be helpful for people to know. (It's also really useful for your clients who want to see how work is coming along.)

Don't modify your Hosts file.

Instead, once you have installed Wordpress go into your cPanel > phpMyAdmin

In there, on the left you'll see 2x Tables listed. One called information_schema and another called username_wpxxx ('username' will be your username.)

Expand it (click on the + symbol) and select wp_options.

In the area that appears on the right you'll see a table - the top two options are 'siteurl' and 'home'. Edit both so they read 99.999.999.99/~username. (don't use all 9's, use the IP of the machine you are hosted on (you can find it in your cPanel, in the column on the left by default.)(Use your username, not the word 'username.').

You can then login to your wordpress installation at 999.999.999.999/~username/wp-login.php and it will work fully functionally.

I hope this helps some people. It sounds tricky at first but it's really easy.


n/a Points
2014-10-06 9:17 am

I keep getting an error stating: 

The site cannot be published to the specified location.

Cannot publish to the specified host via FTP. Authorization failed.

How do I fix this?

12,598 Points
2014-10-06 9:48 am
Hello Samantha,

Thank you for contacting us. An Authorization error in FTP usually means your username, or password is incorrect. I recommend checking them, you can view your FTP settings in cPanel.

If you are using the Premium Web Builder, we have a guide on Troubleshooting Publishing with Premium Website Builder.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2014-10-10 12:34 am


I have developed a Wordpress site on WAMP and am almost ready to load it up to my account on an addon domain.  The site I am replacing is on Weebly.  Should I load the WP site to a temporary URL or use the modify host instructions you link to above? If I modify host files, what to I load the site onto?? I want to test the new site a bit on the server and make sure I match all the page URL's to the old one before I point the DNS to the new site. Advice? Thank you!

22,987 Points
2014-10-10 8:42 am
Hello Cath,

As long as you have a hosting account somewhere, that is the one you will load the test site onto.

Using either the temp URL or the hosts file mod is fine, it will not have any effect on your live site at Weebly.

I personally recommend the hosts file mod as then you will not need to make any changes on the site before you go live.

The only thing you will need to remember then is to undo the hosts file mod if you wish to view the live site at Weebly.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-11-27 9:03 am

Hello, how can I test a sub-domain on the temp url?

12,598 Points
2014-11-28 12:17 pm
Hello LV,

Thank you for your question. Your temp URL resolves to your /public_html folder, so just add the folder name for the Addon domain, to the end of the temp URL.

For example:

For more information on folder structure, see our guide here.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-02-20 11:53 am


We are migrating to InMotion.I have been building a new wordpress site on a temporary url (to replace an existing site) while the DNS still points to my old server. We are in the final stages and I want to make sure I do everythinh right. I am looking for step my step instructions for this process. Can you point me in the right direction?


thank you!

1,168 Points
2015-02-20 12:02 pm
Hello SL,

If you have made the changes described in the article already then you would just do the opposite when the DNS has been propagated. You would just to remove the two defines as described above.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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