It might take up to 12-24 hours for a new domain to start working globally. During DNS zone propagation you will see our notification "Your domain is not pointing to our name servers". The same happens if you have recently pointed a domain to Hostinger.

Before the domain is fully activated or pointing to Hostinger, most features (website, e-mail, FTP) will not work. No worries! You can start building your website and see changes immediately by using one of these features:


Preview website

A Preview website feature will be activated automatically during the new hosting order activation. You can find it by going to Hosting → Manage:

Your preview website link will look like this:

domain-tld.preview-domain.com

Where domain-tld is your domain name including the TLD with a dash (-) instead of a period (.)

NOTES:

  • Preview URL will be available for 120 hours after setting up your account or after adding an addon domain

  • Hosting plans purchased with some payment methods may not include this functionality


Edit hosts file

The other option to see your website while waiting for the DNS propagation is to edit your device's hosts file. All you need is to add these lines:

185.185.185.185 www.domain.tld
185.185.185.185 domain.tld

Where 185.185.185.185 is your hosting account’s IP address and domain.tld - your domain name. You can find your IP address at Hosting → Manage → Details, in the Website details section:


Use a temporary URL

A preview URL can be also obtained via SkipDNS tool, using the following data:

  1. Your hosting account’s IP address: you can find it at Hosting → Manage → Details, in the Website details section:

  2. HTTP and HTTPS ports: Use 80 as the value for both

  3. Live URL: Your domain name

Once your preview URL has been created, click on Open and select Proceed with the proxy in the next step.

That's it! Now you know three ways to see your website while the domain is propagating 😊

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