Development URLs

There are certain times where you need to work on a website at Reclaim Hosting in advance of the domain being pointed at our server. Perhaps you are migrating content and want to ensure that it looks correct, or you plan to setup a new WordPress site before transferring a domain from a previous host. Reclaim Hosting allows you to create subdomains of within your cPanel that will let you work on a site in advance of using a top-level domain.

Initial Signup

When signing up for a new hosting plan you will find the option to have the hosting account run from a subdomain of Choose this option if you plan to transfer a top level domain later on and would like to use your hosting account immediately to get started with building your site.


Adding a Development URL to cPanel

If you already have a cPanel account that you'd like to map a development subdomain to, you will do this from the Domains area of cPanel.

Then select Create a New Domain.

The Domain Name will be the subdomain of your choosing of (it does need to be unique so get creative). You will want to uncheck Share document root so that a different site or application can be served from the new domain. You can leave the Document Root and Subdomain fields alone.

Once you've added the development URL it should begin resolving within a matter of minutes.

WordPress and Absolute URLs

Some software such as WordPress has absolute URLs stored in the database that may be pointing to the old domain that is not yet live on our server and not the development URL. WordPress has a guide at Changing the Site URL on how to change the install to use a development URL. The easiest way is to modify your wp-config.php file and add the following two lines...


With this method you can access the site from the development URL and when you are ready to remove that you can just delete those two lines from wp-config.php.

If you are working with an install via Installatron at Reclaim Hosting you can also go to My Apps in cPanel and click the wrench icon next to an install and edit the Location URL.



Removing a Development URL from cPanel

Once you are done using a development URL, you will need to remove it. How you do so will depend on how the domain is set up in your cPanel account.

Replacing Primary Domain

If your development URL is the domain you signed your account up under, you will need a permanent domain to switch your account to. You can point externally bought domains to Reclaim's nameservers...

Alternatively, you can purchase the domain through Reclaim. Once you have the new domain available, you can reach out to our Support Team ( and we can help make the switch to a new domain.

Removing Addon Domain

If your development URL is an additional domain added to your account, then removing it is easy.

First, make sure you do not have any Installatron Applications under that URL. If you would like to move those, you can clone them to a different URL. Once this has been done, you can remove the domain by going to the Addon Domains area in cPanel...


and selecting Remove on the same line as the development URL.


You will be asked to confirm and then you should be good to go!

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