Accessing BlueHost Domains from a Temporary Web Address

There may be times you would like to set up your main domain on BlueHost or an addon domain before you have actually pointed your name servers to BlueHost or perhaps you have not even purchased the domain name as yet. Using your IP address will allow you to check the setup out and make sure things are working correctly before you make that change.

QUESTION: How can I access my BlueHost domains BEFORE I really have the site setup and the domain pointing to the BlueHost Name Servers.

ANSWER:. You can use your temporary IP address and user name, both of which are available from your Control Panel. You may have to expand the stats to view the entire control panel.

BlueHost Control Panel Stats

Accessing a Temporary Web Address

To view your main domain if you published directly to the public_html folder,  you would use the url http://66.147.242.190/~username/

To view your main domain if you published  to a subdirectory of the public_html folder http://66.147.242.190/~username/domain-folder-name/

To view any of your addon domains use  http://66.147.242.190/~username/domain-folder-name/

So the setup using FileZilla would be:

Host: IP Address
User: Your Username
Password: Your Password
Default Remote Directory: /public_html/domain-folder-name

Publishing to Temporary FTP Address

To publish your main domain directly to the public_html folder,  you would use ftp://username@66.147.242.99/public_html

To publish your main domain   to a subdirectory of the public_html folder ftp://username@66.147.242.99/public_html/domain-name-folder/

To publish any of your addon domains use ftp://username@66.147.242.99/public_html/domain-name-folder/

Additional Helpful BlueHost Tutorials

How to make a subfolder the main folder for your BlueHost main domain

Publishing Your Web Site with Expression Web

Addon Domains at BlueHost

Blue Host Index Manager

If you do not have an index.htm or index.html page within a folder/directory on your site, most servers will return a list of files on the server. As an example: the image folder on my RootsWeb site. If I had created an index.html file for this folder, the viewer would receive a blank screen or a redirect if I had made it a part of the file.

If you have your sites hosted with Bluehost (affiliate link) you have a tool called the Index Manager that can handle this problem for you.

The Index Manager allows you to customize the way a directory will be viewed on the web. You can select between a default style, no indexes, or two types of indexing. If you do not wish for people to be able to see the files in your directory, choose no indexing.

  • Log into your Bluehost control panel.
  • Locate the Advanced menu.

    Bluehost Advanced Menu Panel.

    Bluehost Advanced Menu Panel

  • Locate and click on the “Index Manager” icon (third icon from left).
  • This will bring up the Directory Selection box.

    Directory Selection Box.

    Directory Selection Box

  • Choose either the Web Root (public_html) or the Document Root. If you have multiple domains select the domain you want to index from the drop down box.If you do have multiple domain names please be careful not to check the “Skip this question, and always open this directory in the future when opening.”
  • This will bring you to the “Index Manager Menu” that will allow you to navigate to different directories.
  • You can navigate to different directories by clicking on the folder icons. Select the directory you wish to index click on the directory name and your “Index Manager” will offer you  four options: a default style, no indexes, or two types of indexing. If you do not wish for people to be able to see the files in your directory, choose no indexing.

    Index Manager Options.

    Index Manager Options

  • Make  your selection then click the “Save” button in the center of your screen. You will then receive a confirmation page showing the updated settings.

Now if someone clicks on a folder that does not contain an index.htm file, they will receive an error message like
Forbidden
You don’t have permission to access /images/ on this server.

You can also customize the page and message your viewer receives by customizing the 403.shtml file.

Very simple to do and no one will see a listing of your files again.

How to make a subfolder the main folder for your BlueHost main domain

I recently moved my hosting to BlueHost and have been very happy with both the tech support and their services.  BlueHost allows you to host multiple domains with the one account. The main domain on the hosting account uses the public_html folder for all of its Web site files. Any addon domains use subfolders inside the public_html folder. When your viewer types in the url or clicks on a link to the url, that viewer is directed to the domain and sees the url in the address bar. No problem so far.

I use Expression Web as my web editor and publish using the ftp facility from within the program in most cases. I had been using Filezilla to publish to the main domain frontpage-to-expression.com as there are two of us who maintain the site. Imagine my surprise the first time I used the ftp client from within Expression Web to have the program compare the domain I was publishing to ALL the folders for every domain within the public_html directory. Read the full tutorial