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How To Use & Change Temporary URL with Wordpress


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When transferring your WordPress installation to Bluehost you may need to use the temporary URL, this URL will allow you to access your site before the Name Servers have propagated to ours.
A few of the symptoms or issues you may be running into are:
  • My Domain name isn't resolving to my new account yet.
  • I don't get any images or themes to show up, just the text.
  • I can't log into my Administrator Panel, because logging in wants to take me to a url with my domain name in it.
  • How can I change my settings to allow me to view my WordPress Blog before my domain name resolves?

Changing to the temp URL

There are a few cases where you might need to go in and change a URL in the WordPress database.

  • My domain name isn't resolving to my new account yet, so I have to visit my WordPress install with a URL like h I don't get any images or themes to show up, just the text.

  • I also can't log into my Administrator Panel, because logging in wants to take me to a URL with my domain name in it. How can I change my settings to allow me to view my WordPress blog before my domain name resolves?

  • The URL appears like and there are no redirects in the .htaccess

  • If WordPress was installed to an addon domain, then the database URL will need to be changed to something like

This requires a little MySQL trick. It's two simple edits in the database.

  1. First, make sure that your WordPress installation is complete, and you know what the name of the database is. If Fantastico installed WordPress for you, it's likely the name of the database is something like:

    • username_wrd1

  2. If you don't know the database name, you can use the File Manager to look inside the wp-config.php file to find out its name.

  3. Right click wp-config.php and select Code Edit. You can now see the username and database.

  4. Next, log into your cPanel. Look for the Databases section.

  5. Click on the phpMyAdmin icon.

  6. Once here, you need to select the database name on the left. (i.e. "_wrd1")

  7. This will display the names of the Tables to the right.

  8. Now there are icons to the right of the tables. The First one is called Browse. Click Browse.

  9. Next, the database entries are listed in columns and rows. You want to select the pencil icon (for Edit) on the left for the top row (option_name is "site url")

  10. Once you've clicked the pencil icon, you will see your domain name listed something like this:


  11. You want to change that to something like this:


    phpMyAdmin Temp URL

  12. This step is crucial so you don't make a mistake. Please take a moment to verify the URL you are typing in here is correct, or you won't see any change.

  13. Once you've changed the URL, down at the bottom there is a Go button. Select the Go button.

  14. Select the Next button to go to the next page

  15. Look for the option_name home

  16. phpMyAdmin Home

  17. Select the pencil icon Pencil to Edit.

  18. Make the same URL change here as you did for siteurl earlier. And click the Go button.

  19. Visit your Temporary URL ( for your blog, and all the images will show up just fine.

Changing from the temp URL

Once you've changed your name servers so your domain name resolves to your account, you don't have to go back into phpMyAdmin to make the change again.

  1. Log into your WordPress Admin Panel

  2. Click the tab Settings. Here, you will see WordPress and Site address (URL):

  3. It is set to your Temporary URL (

  4. WordPress Temp URL

  5. Change this to your domain name with any folders required, and you're back to normal.

  6. WordPress URL
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