During DNS propagation, you will see the notification: "Your domain is not pointing to our name servers". The same happens if you have recently pointed a domain to Hostinger. This is completely normal: it can take up to 24 hours for a domain to start working globally if it's recently registered or its nameservers have been recently updated.
Before the domain is fully activated or pointed to the Hostinger, most features (website, email, FTP) will not work. In the meantime, you can start building your website and see changes immediately by using any of the features below 👇
Using the Preview Link
Then, go to Plan Details, and click on Preview My Website:
The preview link will look like this:
Where domain-tld is your domain name, including the extension with a dash (-) instead of a period (.). If your website is accessed through the preview link, a banner will indicate this to all the visitors:
The preview domain URL is available for 14 days after setting up your account or adding an addon domain
Hosting plans purchased with some payment methods may not include this functionality
Editing the Hosts File
Another option is to edit your device's hosts file. All you need to do is open your hosts file and add these lines:
Make sure to replace 188.8.131.52 with your hosting account’s IP address and domain.tld with your domain name.
Make sure to revert the change on your hosts file once you no longer need it.
Using a Temporary URL
You may generate a preview URL using the SkipDNS tool.
To preview your website's content, specify the following information in the tool:
Preview: select the regular website
Hosted on: insert the IP address of your hosting plan
Under: insert your website's domain or URL
Over: select regular ports
And click on Go:
That's it! Now, you know three ways to check your website while the domain is propagating 🚀