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.
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://126.96.36.199/~username/
To view your main domain if you published to a subdirectory of the public_html folder http://188.8.131.52/~username/domain-folder-name/
To view any of your addon domains use http://184.108.40.206/~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://email@example.com/public_html
To publish your main domain to a subdirectory of the public_html folder ftp://firstname.lastname@example.org/public_html/domain-name-folder/
To publish any of your addon domains use ftp://email@example.com/public_html/domain-name-folder/