WordPress is dynamically driven using your domain name. This means that WordPress will not work correctly using your temporary URL if it was configured to be installed using your domain name.
Take for instance, if you are migrating an existing WordPress site from another host to InMotion Hosting, you will want to migrate the site and test it prior to pointing the domain name (via the nameservers) to your account hosted on our servers.
We advise using your temporary URL to test your WordPress site before pointing your domain to our servers. If you install WordPress using Softaculous located in cPanel, you won’t directly have the option to install it using a temporary URL, so you can follow the steps below to get this working properly.
If you need help locating your temporary URL, you can find it in your Account Management Panel (AMP). Your temporary URL will be similar to the following format:
Configure WordPress to use Temporary URL
- To use your temporary URL with WordPress, simply install WordPress on the domain itself. Do not be concerned with the temporary URL yet.
- Next you will need to locate the wp-config.php file in file manager in cPanel. The wp-config.php file will be located in the root folder where you initially installed WordPress.
- To open the file to edit it, you will need to right-click on the file and click on Edit.
NOTE: If an Encoding Check pop-up displays, simply click the Edit button to proceed.
- This will open the actual code of the file, and you will need to insert two lines of code after the first line of the file to set your temporary URL as the way to access your WordPress installation.
define('WP_HOME','http://ecbiz107.inmotionhosting.com/~userna5'); define('WP_SITEURL','http://ecbiz107.inmotionhosting.com/~userna5');NOTE: Be sure to replace ecbiz107.inmotionhosting.com/~userna5 with your actual temporary URL.
- Save the changes by clicking the Save Changes button in the upper right corner.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed WordPress to use your temporary URL.
Re-configure WordPress to Use Your Domain Name
When you are done testing your website using the temporary URL you will want to edit the wp-config.php file again and modify the code you entered into the file. Open the wp-config.php file with the file manager editor and replace your temporary URL with your actual domain name.
Alternative to Using the Temp URL
The temporary url is a great way to test your WordPress site is working prior to the site going live. There is another way to develop your WordPress site outside of the temporary url. You can perform a hosts file modification on your local computer. The hosts file modification “Fakes” your local computer in thinking the domain is on your server when in fact you are only connecting to the IP address.