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Migrating or transferring your website

If you are migrating or transferring your WordPress website from one host to another, you might wish to ensure everything is in order before you change your domain’s nameservers. For example, if you are leaving your current host and your site has been migrated to NelsaHost, you can view your website using a temporary URL in order to double-check that everything is perfectly the same — and then make the changes to your domain nameservers.

This post will explain how to configure and access WordPress using a temporary URL.

Where to Find a Temporary URL?

In your hosting account information email (the one you got when you signed up for your hosting account), you can easily find the temporary URL that you can use to access your site.

Also, if you are on a cPanel hosting plan, you can find your temporary URL by looking at the IP address or server hostname. generally, it is something that looks like this:


So, if your IP is and your username is “myname”, your temporary URL would be something like this: or http://hostname/~myname.

If you are on Plesk hosting than in control panel you can find preview link and it will redirect you to temp url,which you can use to test website.

This aprouch can be used to test any website(cms,forum,portal,billing script..etc) not only wordpress but we will use WP as example since it is most common used.

How to Configure WordPress to Use Temporary URL?

Since WordPress adds your domain name to its database, it will not automatically work with any other URL unless you make manual changes to its configuration.

Once your website has been successfully transferred (or WordPress has been successfully installed using Softaculous), login to your cPanel account and open File Manager.

cPanel File Manager

Therein, in the root folder of WordPress, locate the wp-config.php file.

How to Configure WordPress to Use Temporary URL

Right click on it and select Code Edit. In the wp-config.php file, locate the lines that specify WP_HOME and WP_SITEURL — if the lines are not there, you will need to add new ones. Either change the URL to your temporary one in existing lines, or add new lines of code to resemble this (wherein the IPADDRESS is the IP mentioned in your hosting account information email and the username is your cPanel username):


Save your changes by clicking the button in the top right corner.


That is all, your website can now be viewed using the temporary URL. Once you have ensured that your site is the way you want it to be, you can change the wp-config.php file to reflect your actual domain name, and point your domain’s nameservers to NelsaHost.

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