How to install Joomla on your Temporary URL

If you’re domain name is not yet pointing to your InMotion Hosting account and you would like to test Joomla, you can install Joomla on your temporary URL.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to install Joomla normally (IE. not on your Temporary URL), please instead see: How to install Joomla using Fantastico.

Installing Joomla to your Temporary URL

  1. Use Softaculous and install Joomla normally, as if it was going to be on a domain name in your account.
  2. Using your favorite file editor (such as the cPanel File Manager), edit the configuration.php file in your Joomla root folder and make the following changes:
     
    change…

    public $live_site = ”;

     
    to…

    public $live_site = ‘https://ecbiz###.inmotionhosting.com/~USERNA5’;
    In our example, we used Fantastico to install Joomla to https://inmotiontesting.com/joomla. Because our cPanel username is inmoti6 and we’re on ecbiz108.inmotiontesting.com, we set $live_site to:

    https://ecbiz108.inmotiontesting.com/~inmoti6/joomla

    If you’re not sure what to use as your Temporary URL, please see: Testing your website using your Temporary URL

  3. After following the above steps, you can visit your temporary url ( in our case, https://ecbiz108.inmotiontesting.com/~inmoti6/joomla ) and Joomla will function normally.

Changing Joomla from your Temporary URL to a Domain Name

If after testing Joomla on your Temporary URL you decide you would like to use it with your domain name, you’ll need to follow steps very similar to the above steps:

  1. Using your favorite file editor (such as the cPanel File Manager), edit the configuration.php file in your Joomla root folder and make the following changes:
     
    change…

    public $live_site = ‘https://ecbiz###.inmotionhosting.com/~USERNA5/joomla’;

     
    to…

    public $live_site = ”;
  2. In our example, after making the above change, we then would begin to access our website using https://inmotiontesting.com/joomla rather than https://ecbiz108.inmotiontesting.com/~inmoti6/joomla

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