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How do I access my WordPress install using the IP address (not the domain name)?

I just signed up with Site5 ( and installed WordPress using Fantastico. I would like to access the installation of WordPress using the IP address and transfer the site over before I add the appropriate DNS entries for the domain. is a live domain and I want little disruption in service. Thanks!

Answer #1

You can access your site by using the following URL format:


Fantastico installed wordpress sites will not work correctly by default without the domain name. However, you do have a few options that you may want to try.

1) If you already have a wordpress site up and running at your current provider, you could export the files and database and import them using phpMyAdmin and FTP. If you need assistance with that, we do offer free migration to our clients. Please see backstage for more information about our free migration program.

2) If option 1 does not fit your needs, you can login to phpMyAdmin (through SiteAdmin) and change the “siteurl” value under the “wp_options” table. You can then work on your site using the url I listed above. Once you are ready to forward the domain to us, you can simply change that option back to the way it was before. Please keep in mind that some images/url’s may need to be modified to prevent broken elements on your site.

Answers Answered By: joliver [476 Blue Star Level]

Answer #2

Thanks for the prompt reply!

I’d like to do option 2 for now. The IP for the server seems to be I changed the siteurl value under the wp_options table to “mobifriendly” and was hoping that “” would work, but it doesn’t (I changed it back to its original value for now). What am I doing wrong?

Answers Answered By: gpar2000 [2 Grey Star Level]

Answer #3

Try this URL:

That appears to be working on my end. Once you change the siteurl back, that should allow you to login to the admin page for wordpress.

Hope this helps!

Answers Answered By: joliver [476 Blue Star Level]

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