Build my website with Dolphin in temp URL

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frankm18 / 8 Points
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2012-10-03 4:41 pm EST
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I have installed Dolphin and I can see the files in my public_html directory. I would like to build my site in my temp URL and when I'm ready to go live, move it over to the main site. When I installed Dolphin, it was with the main site address. I tried redirecting it by changing the address to the temp URL address but it is saying that there is an error i.e. the URL and the directory do not match. How do I solve this? I just want to start building my site. Thanks

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arnelc
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2012-10-03 7:35 pm EST
Hello Frankm18,

The problem here is the definition of the "temp URL". The temp URL is basically an alternate route to the files that make up the primary domain. So basically, the primary domain name AND the temp URL point to the same place. The temp URL is NOT a separate location. By default, the location that the temp URL and the primary domain point to is the PUBLIC_HTML folder.

By changing the location, you're making it harder to build the site. Many of these CMS programs like Wordpress or Joomla are URL specific and changing the URL from one thing to another is adding another level of complexity to your website building process. However, you want to install your Dolphin CMS in a DIFFERENT location and then move it, you will need to perform a change URL location after you have finished loading it. Here's the documentation from Dolphin that I could find in regards to this issue:

Changing the Site URL for Dolphin

Additionally, if you do a search for "maintenance mode" you may find some third-party solutions that give you a maintenance mode that lets you lock down the screen for your primary URL so that you can build the site with no one able to get in. This is typically an add-on (there's an option for Wordpress that does this).


However, if you want to use a different URL, you can choose a subdomain to your primary domain (and use the default under construction page (default.htm) to hold your primary domain's place). OR, you can even build your own under construction page, just name it index.htm and save it in the public_html folder. An example of the path you can build your URL in would be something like:

http://primaryURL.com/thehiddendirectory/

Or whatever you want to name it. Again, remember that the CMS is typically wanting to use an existing PATH, so if you decide that you will NOT use the primary to build your cms, then you need to create a new path that you can build the site in. This can be easily done with the File Manager in the Cpanel. Simply create a folder in the public_html folder (all the website files must go in the public_html folder), and then you can specify that new subfolder in the path. For example, if you create a folder called TEST in the public_html folder, then the path you would be using in the CMS installation would be:

http://primaryURL.com/TEST

Note that the server is capital sensitive, so if you make a file or folder with capital letters, you need to keep using it, otherwise, the folder or file will not be recognized.

I hope this helps to clarify the matter. Let us know if you need further assistance.

If you have any further questions, please contact technical support or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Regards,

Arnel C.

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