Domains, Hosting, DNS, email oh my!

Domains, Hosting, DNS, email oh my!

Domains, Hosting, DNS, email oh my!


When staging your website for launch…

GoDaddy – Working with Preview DNS

Date Submitted: 10-29-2012

Preview DNS lets you test your website prior to launch to ensure it displays and behaves properly on GoDaddy’s hosting servers before modifying your domain’s DNS record. This is beneficial when you are setting up a website for a domain that is currently active, either in your account or with another hosting provider.

When you enable Preview DNS, a subdomain is created on our server that temporarily houses your website. If Preview DNS is applied to, the preview URL is

NOTE: If you have multiple domains on your hosting account, preview them using where path is the folder for your other domain.

Any internal links in the code are translated to point to the Preview DNS site. This process ensures that all paths can be tested appropriately prior to pointing your DNS record to our hosting servers.

NOTE: Some features such as Flash® and JavaScript do not work with Preview DNS.

To Enable Preview DNS or Preview Your Site

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  4. In the Server Details section, click Show details
  5. Click Preview to display your primary domain’s DNS information.
  6. If Preview DNS is not already enabled for your account, click Enable. If it has expired, click Renew.
  7. If Preview DNS is enabled, click Preview.

NOTE: Preview DNS expires after 14 days but may be reactivated at any time by repeating these steps.

To Make Your Site Live

In the Server Details section, click Preview, and then click Make this site live.

NOTE: If your domain’s DNS record is not under our control, you will not see the Make this site live button. You must manually update your A record with your hosting account’s IP address for your site to publish to the Web.

About Jeremy Broekman

As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, start-up and nonprofit C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads summits and seminars that show professionals how to launch successful marketing campaigns and manage effective promotions. He coaches and consults teams and individuals in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. His presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing teams how to overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision. Jeremy draws on his experience at Universal Television and Xerox Corporation to train senior managers of Fortune 500 companies.

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