Each Web Hosting package contains a unique 'TransURL'. The TransURL is a temporary address on the web that allows you to view the website on your Web Hosting package before it's actually published. This can be particularly useful for working on a new website or transferring your website to TransIP with as little downtime as possible.
Using the TransURL
After ordering a Web Hosting package, we will send you an email containing important information regarding your Web Hosting, including your very own TransURL.
Your TransURL will always start with your domain name, followed by .transurl.nl. For instance, if your domain name mywebsite.com uses a Web Hosting package, your TransURL will be mywebsite.com.transurl.nl.
When navigating to your TransURL, you will see the progress you've made on your website even if your domain isn't pointing to your Web Hosting package yet.
For that reason, we recommend using the TransURL for creating new websites and transferring websites.
- Creating a new website on a Web Hosting package
When registering a domain name and adding a Web Hosting package in the process, the domain will automatically use the TransIP settings. This means the DNS will automatically point to the Web Hosting package of your domain name. If you navigate to your domain name when using the TransIP settings, the website on your Web Hosting package will be shown.
Imagine the following scenario: You have a domain name without a Web Hosting package that points to external hosting using DNS. This means that Advanced domain settings is enabled, as you had to configure the DNS to point to this website yourself.
You then decide to create a new website at TransIP, so you've added a Web Hosting package to your domain name. We will not automaticallty change your domain name's DNS to point to your Web Hosting package, as we wouldn't want your current website to go down.
This is where the TransURL comes into play. Even though your domain name points to your current website, the Web Hosting package is active as well. This means you can start building your new website on the Web Hosting package and view its progress using the TransURL, without interfering with your current website.
Once you've finished building your website and you're pleased with how it looks, you can configure the DNS of your domain name to point to your Web Hosting package. Afterwards, your new website on your Web Hosting package will be shown when visiting your domain name.
- Transferring your website to TransIP
The TransURL is particularly suited for transferring your website to TransIP. In order to transfer your website, you will first need to request a transfer of the corresponding domain name with an incorrect authorization code. During the transfer you select a Web Hosting package.
By requesting your transfer this way, the transfer of your domain name will be requested, but not completed. The Web Hosting package will become active however, enabling you to upload the files of your website to it. You can then use the TransURL to see how your website looks on the Web Hosting package.
Once the website has been succesfully transfered to your Web Hosting package, you can enter the correct authorization code via your control panel to actually transfer your domain name. Afterwards, both your domain name and your website will be succesfully transfered to TransIP!
For a step by step guide on transferring your website to TransIP, we recommend using the article 'Transferring your website to a Web Hosting package at TransIP'.
Both articles go into detail about transferring your website with as little downtime as possible. The TransURL is covered extensively in both articles.
This article discussed the TransURL and how to optimally use this feature to view the progress of the website on your Web Hosting package.
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