Under most circumstances, your HostGator site may need to be previewed for any errors soon after you (or the HostGator support staff) completes the initial setup. The following are the options available for you to preview the HostGator temporary website before it goes public (and before the DNS entries are changed).
1. Temporary URL for Shared Hosting
You can always preview your site by browsing the following HostGator Temporary URL in your web browser:
In the above example, replace ‘YourIPAddress’ with your assigned IP address, ‘UserName’ with your HostGator account user name and ‘DomainFolder’ with the actual folder name under the public_html folder where you chose to install your domain files.
CNAME is the abbreviation for Canonical Name as against the popular thinking that it means a Custom Domain Name.
A CNAME in a way is an alias created as a record in the Domain Name System (DNS) that helps to differentiate services running on the same domain name via these alias records.
For example, the following are some of the common CNAMEs that you will see with most websites.
Your HostGator Shared Hosting (except Hatchling), VPS, Reseller or Dedicated hosting accounts allow you to add any number of Addon Domains to a single HostGator account. Unlimited addon domains and unlimited sub-domains is one of the cool features of HostGator Hosting.
What is an Addon Domain?
An addon domain is a domain that can be created from within your HostGator control panel and work just like your primary domain (with which you signed up).
For example, if you opened your HostGator account with MyMainDomain.com and in the future you want to purchase more domains (e.g. MySecondDomain.com and YetAnotherDomain.org), you can host them all under a single HostGator account. In this example, MySecondDomain.com and YetAnotherDomain.org are addon domains.
An addon domain will appear and behave like a totally independent domain from your primary domain. For the outside world each of these addon domains look totally standalone though internally they are treated like Sub Domains.
What is a Sub Domain?