Knowledgebase: DotNetNuke
Using Temporary URL with DNN4Less
Posted by , Last modified by DNN4Less Support Engineer Jessie on 22 March 2021 03:59 PM

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 to DNN4Less, and have not yet updated your DNS.

What is my Temporary URL?

Your temporary URL is your-domain.xxx.dnn4less.net (replace your-domain.xxx with your actual domain name)


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 DNN4Less 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 is not really temporary. It goes to the same location as your 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 setup a Temporary URL?

1. Login to Plesk control panel
2. Select the subscription for the for the domain.
3. Click on "Websites & Domains" Tab.
4. Click "Add Domain Alias"
5. Check the below options.
      1. Synchronize DNS zone with the primary domain
      2. Web service
6. Click OK
 
For DotNetNuke (DNN) Websites.

You need to follow this additional steps for DNN websites. The Temp URL needs to be also updated in the database table of the site. Follow the below steps for updating the Domain Alias in the site.

1. Login to the DNN site.
2. Go to Persona Bar > Settings > Site Settings.
3. Go to the Site Behavior tab, and then the 'Site Aliases' subtab.
4. Add the Domain Alias under "Site Alias" and save.
5. Make sure to select and save the "Canonical" option for "Site Alias Mapping Mode" on bottom.

How do I test my website with the Temporary URL?

To test your website using the Temporary URL, simply visit that URL your-domain.xxx.dnn4less.net 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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