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What is a Temporary URL & How to Use One?

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.

Note: Permalinks will not work with a temporary URL. This applies to Primary domains, Addon domains, and Subdomains.

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Format for the Primary Domain

Hosting with cPanel
Example Formatting
Sharedhttp://gator####.temp.domains/~username/
Resellerhttp://rellerserver.temp.domains/~username/
Note: Be sure to replace the underlined items above with the actual values for your server name and cPanel username, which can be located in your Welcome email or cPanel's General Information section.
  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Search for the General Information section on the right-side menu.

  3. Take note of the Current User (cPanel user) and the Server Hostname.

An alternative method to using the temporary URL would be to change the host file on your computer to display the site while during propagation. Please see the following article for more information:

Hosting with Plesk
http://domain.com.the-IP-address.hgws#.hgwin.temp.domains/
Note: Be sure to replace all of the above with the actual values (found in Welcome email) 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 Websites and Domains tab.

  2. Under your domain name, click the Preview icon.


Format for Addon and Subdomains

Hosting with cPanel
http://server####.temp.domains/~username/addon
Note: Be sure to replace all of the above with the actual values.

An alternative method to using the temporary URL would be to change the host file on your computer to display the site while during propagation. Please see the following article for more information:

Hosting with Plesk

Subdomain

http://sub.domain.com.the-ip-address.hgws#.hgwin.temp.domains/

Addon Domain

http://addon.com.the-ip-address.hgws#.hgwin.temp.domains/
Be sure to replace all of the above with the actual values and to have the dashes between the IP octets instead of dots.

Control Panel URLs

ServiceURL format
cPanelhttp://server-name:2083
Webmailhttp://server-name:2095
Pleskhttps://ip-address:8443
Virtuozzo (VZ)https://ip-address:4643

(Replace the server or ip-address with your server's information.)


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