Using a staging URL

Categories Web Hosting Tags web hosting

When migrating a website between different server environments, a staging URL can be used to preview how a website will look and behave on our servers prior to the domain name being delegated to us. This allows developers to continue to host and run their old website with their old provider while building and modifying their new website on our server environment. Once the new website is completed and ready to go live, the domain simply needs to be delegated to our servers. This process allows a change in website design or host with no downtime.

Cloud Hosting staging URL

To locate the staging URL of your Cloud Hosting website hosting subscription, follow the instructions below:

  1. Login to the Console
  2. Manage the domain you want to make changes to
  3. Click Cloud Hosting
  4. Click on Advanced
  5. Scroll down to Aliases to find your staging URL

If your Web Hosting area does not display the staging URL, it still exists and it can be obtained by following this syntax:

  1. Login tot he Console
  2. Manage the domain you want to make changes to
  3. Click Web Hosting
  4. Note down the web server environment your account utilises by locating it under the Host type row
  5. Click Click here to modify your FTP details
  6. Note down the FTP username

Now that you have your FTP username and host type you can determine your staging URL using the below staging URL format:

  • [username].staging-[server].netregistry.net
Below is a table displaying the staging URL format for each Cloud Hosting server environment.
Host TypeStaging URL Format
Litespeed http://username.staging-cloud.netregsitry.net
Zeus http://username.staging-zeus.netregistry.net
windows2008-2  http://username.staging-iis7-2.netregistry.net
windows2008-1 http://username.staging-iis7.netregistry.net
windows http://username.staging-iis.netregistry.net
zeus-static http://username.staging-static.netregistry.net 
resin2 http://username.staging-jsp.netregistry.net

cPanel Hosting staging URL

Unlike Cloud Hosting, there is no direct link to your cPanel staging URL available within the Console. Users can however determine what their staging URL is by following the cPanel Hosting staging URL format of

  • http://[server-name]/~[cPanel username]

To locate the server name and cPanel name for your cPanel Hosting account, follow the instructions below.

  1. Login to the Console
  2. Manage the domain you want to make changes to
  3. Click cPanel 
  4. Under cPanel Details you will see Current cPanel Machine, this is your server name
  5. Under Username you will see your cPanel username
  6. Follow the syntax to get your Staging URL
    http://[server-name]/~[cPanel username]

Rate this article