Viewing your Site before updating the DNS

Before a domain name is registered and fully propagated to your new Create.com nameservers, there are several ways to view your site and begin testing the domains you have added to your cPanel.

    

Important Note: Some of these options are related to third party extensions and software that are not affiliated to us. As such, we are not able to troubleshoot these issues easily. We recommend pointing your domain to our nameservers, as your website will not work exactly as intended, or permalinks will not work correctly until your domain resolves and DNS has propagated. 

 

Option 1 - Migration Tool

 

We offer a migration tool in the Customer Portal that can migrate cPanel content over to our servers. When the migration gets completed it will provided a VIEW RESULTS! When you click this button, it will open a new tab showing you a preview of your site by using a temporary proxy URL.  Please note that this will only display the primary domain for the account. For more information on how to migrate your website over to us please read this article: How to migrate your content over to Create.com.

 

Option 2 - Browser Extensions

 

There are a few web browser extensions that allows you to view your site on different servers, but the one we found to be the most useful is called virtual host. This extension only requires you to enter the domain name and the server IP address to work. 

 

Option 3 - Proxy Website

 

Proxy websites are a similar to using a browser extension, but you will be going to a website to preview your site there. The link below is the proxy site that we have found to be the most useful, but be aware some content may not be compatible with their proxy site, so it may not display correctly.

 

Option 4 - cPanel direct link

 

If the DNS is not yet pointed to your cPanel, you can view the files in your public_html folder by going to: http://servername/~cpanelusername   

For instance, if your site was hosted at s5.create.com and your cPanel username was john57, you would go to: http://s5.create.com/~john57/

 

If you have an addon domain on your cPanel, you can specify it like:

http://s5.create.com/~john57/addondomain.com

This would display the contents of the public_html/addondomain.com/ folder.

 

Option 5 - Hosts File

 

The hosts file is a file on your local computer, so we only recommend editing this file if your are experienced in doing so. By editing this file your change how your system locates your website. It will instruct your browser to route the domains you choose to the IP you define. For general steps on changing the hosts file for Windows, Mac or Linux, check out this general guide: How to edit your hosts file for Windows, Mac, or Linux

 

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