Ichan and HostGuts, Thanks for your replies but can you elaborate on what I should do? I tried to find the "hosts" directory located in the etc under my reseller domain but I couldn't find it. I found the etc but not the hosts.
I think you guys have an understanding of what I want to be able to do right now but I also can't even connect ftp wise because the location is obviously still trying to go to the working domain. I tried adding the server address but nothing really worked. (I just don't know what I am doing)
If you could clarify more on the steps it would help me out, thanks
By /etc/hosts, I mean the /etc/hosts on your local computer; not on the server. (For Windows, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_%28file%29) Be sure to keep what's already in the file. By adding the domain and IP, you'll bypass the public DNS and resolve straight to the test server. However, you'll need to remove them if you want to go to the real site.
Ok, I'll check that out, from my understanding then that will just allow me to type in domain.com and instead of going to the working domain the DNS points to I will get re routed to the server.
The ip/~cpanelusername worked but there seemed to be an issue with links not recognizing the location of files... which is strange. I used joomla for this client and the front end didn't work while the back end was just fine. So I am not sure if this is an issue with joomla itself or server location issue
If you are trying to access by FTP, then you would simply use the IP address.
Yes the links will sometimes be messed up when you do this. In your Joomla general site settings you must tell the site that it is located as another name.
I am not sure where to fix this in Joomla, but when attempting to do this same temp url in Wordpress, you must go into the general settings in Wordpress and temporarily set it us as http://ip address/~cpanelusername, and not example(dot)com, This will then fix your internal links issue.
When the site goes live and the DNS is pointed to your servers, then I simply revert the Wordpress general settings from ip address/~cpanelusername back to example.com.
alright thanks Ill try that.. makes sense, I just used the auto install which told me it was installing on the domain name... mm might have to do a manual install then
Yes, if you use a script to install, it will setup Joomla with the default domain name. I suppose that Joomla install Cpanel script would work exactly like Wordpress.
I recently use fantastico to install WP for a temporary URL just like this and found it setup with default domain? When typing in the ip address, I saw my homepage with missing CSS and links.
To fix this, I went into the site via FTP, and edited a php file to tell the installation that it's name was the temporary URL. The the entire site was working under the temp URL. If I had not edited this file, I would not have been able to access my admin page as the site was linking to the true domain name of the old "live site".
You should google how to setup Joomla to work as a temp URL? I am sure all you have to do is make a small edit in a configuration file which will tell Joomla that it is the temporary site name.
this is actually exactly what is happening.. except I can get to the admin page.. so I bet your right and just editing the config file will fix everything and allow the site to access the css and links correctly