How to Set up a Temporary URL in DotNetNuke

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Set up a Temporary URL to Access our Servers

Some of our clients migrate from other hosting providers. They want to verify their site is functioning properly before contacting their registrar to either point their 'A' record to the IP address of their server or change their name servers to our name servers. Other clients have a new site and have not yet registered their domain name with a registrar. The following steps outline how you add a temporary URL so you can view your website on our servers before you make your website on our servers live.

If you are unsure of which version of Plesk Control Panel is controlling the web services of your server, see  How do I Determine What Version of Plesk Control Panel I am Using?

Set up a Temporary URL
  1. Log in to your Plesk Control Panel
    • In Plesk 11.x click on Subscriptions tab, click on your domain.Click on the Websites & Domains tab.  Then click on Add New Domain Alias, at the bottom of the page.
    • In Plesk 9.x go to Domains > [your domain] > domain aliases
  2. Add a domain alias called [your domain].tempdomain.com.
  3. Enable all options and click OK.
  4. Log in to your database using SQL Server Managment Studio.
  5. Navigate to your database and expand [your database] > Tables.
  6. Right click on dbo.PortalAlias then click Edit Top 200 Rows.
  7. Click on the last row. Leave the first column default.
  8. Second column is your portal number (default is 0).
  9. In the third column enter your temporary URL ( [your domain].tempdomain.com).
  10. Save the settings by tabbing to the next row, committing the change to the table.
  11. Recycle your application pool so the addition to the PortalAlias table will take effect.
dbo.PortalAlias
 
Recycle the Application Pool for Websites using Plesk 12.x
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab, select (Your Domain).
  3. In the Websites & Domains tab, expand Show More if it isn't expanded by default.
  4. To recycle your application pool select Dedicated IIS Application Pool for Website.
  5. Select the Recycle button to recycle the application pool.
 
Recycle the Application Pool for Websites using Plesk 12.x
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab, select Manage Hosting for the domain.
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Below Web Hosting Access select Show More.
  5. To recycle your application pool select Dedicated IIS Application Pool for your websites.
  6. Select the Recycle button to recycle the application pool.
 
Recycle the Application Pool for Websites using Plesk 11.x
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab, select Manage Hosting for the domain.
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Below Web Hosting Access select Show Advanced Operations.
  5. To recycle your application pool select Dedicated IIS Application Pool for your websites.
  6. Select the Recycle button to recycle the application pool.
Recycle the Application Pool for Websites using Plesk 9.x
  1. Log into your Control Panel
  2. Click on Home on the top of the page. This will take you to the welcome screen of your subscription. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose the subscription for it from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. On the home screen, click on Domains, then select your domain.
  4. Under Additional Tools select IIS Application Pool.
  5. Select the Recycle button to recycle the application pool.

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