How to Set Up WordPress on a Temporary URL on HostGator

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A tip from – Walks you through how to use a temporary URL on HostGator to get your site set up before pointing your domain.


  • applxperience
    Posted at 04:41h, 05 July

    All the links that are specified as "/images/icon.gif" or "/post-name" fail. They resolve to the IP root (one level above your ~username

  • songsponge
    Posted at 17:49h, 08 May

    This was so incredibly helpful. Thank you!

  • rcjhood
    Posted at 02:22h, 12 November

    Finally my search ends. You're amazing, Amy.

  • Frank Herr
    Posted at 20:03h, 21 May

    Very helpful, thank you very much!

  • Heather Cox Photography
    Posted at 23:42h, 31 May

    thanks so much this was too easy!

  • Heather Cox Photography
    Posted at 12:21h, 06 August

    Amy, If i want to change my url is it the same steps or more complicated.

  • Inspiring People
    Posted at 10:58h, 02 January

    Thank you. 

  • Victor Portillo
    Posted at 17:52h, 24 June

    Thx for this info, it worked! however just a quick note, i was able to get into the temporary url but if i tried to get into the wp-admin it ends in a 404 error, I had to add a / to the end of the temporary url in both siteurl and home in phpMyAdmin and that way worked now

  • brandmetta
    Posted at 01:56h, 24 May

    This is the best and most comprehensive tutorial! Hostgator technical support couldn't even resolve this. So I googled and found your tutorial! You are a lifesaver and we are going to subscribe to your channel for more!

  • Neil Cox Hypnotherapy
    Posted at 11:50h, 21 July

    You have no idea how thankful I am for this video! I am trying to migrate from over to a self hosted option with Planet Hippo. They've been nothing but unhelpful in trying to make it work. I finally got some direction from themselves informing me to get my new host to provide me with a temp url. The rest is thanks to you! Got my theme and content loaded up to it now. I just hope the next step is not too difficult

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