What is an access domain?


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Overview

This article provides all the information you may want to know about "access domains". An access domain is a unique hostname that is assigned to a particular service. It will always resolve to your service, regardless of whether any other domains have DNS pointing to the service. This makes it very useful for various preview and connection functions.

This article provides all the information you may want to know about "access domains". An access domain is a unique hostname that is assigned to a particular service.

Each Grid comes with a "web access domain" as well as an "email access domain".

Each WordPress Hosting site comes with a "web access domain". If you have Media Temple hosted email, the service will also have a separate "email access domain". If you are using Google Apps for Work, you will not have an email access domain provided by (mt) Media Temple.

The web access domain will look like this:

  • s00000.gridserver.com
    • s stands for "site."
    • 00000 stands for your site number. This will be a unique number assigned to your account and server.
    • gridserver.com is the parent domain of the Grid.

The email access domain is completely independent of the web access domain and will look something like this:

  • xxxx-xxxx.accessdomain.com
    • xxxx-xxxx will be a series of randomized letters. This will be totally unique to your specific Grid.
    • Our new mail service uses "accessdomain.com" as its parent domain.

The web access domain will look like this:

  • xxx.xxx.myftpupload.com
  • The xxx.xxx portion will be a series of alphanumeric characters. This will be totally unique to your specific WordPress Hosting service.

If you have (mt) Media Temple hosted mail and are not using Google Apps for Work, your email access domain will look something like this:

  • xxxx-xxxx.accessdomain.com
    • xxxx-xxxx will be a series of alphanumeric characters. This access domain will be totally unique to your specific WordPress Hosting service.
    • This mail service uses "accessdomain.com" as its parent domain.

On a (ve) Server, the access domain will look like this:

  • ve.4iU3hd92.vesrv.com

Find your web access domain

    1. Sign into your AccountCenter.
    2. Click on the Admin button to access your WordPress Hosting control panel.
    3. Click on the site you want to find the access domain for.
    4. Click on the Domains in the site menu to the left.
      domains_menu
  1. You will find your access domain listed on this page.
  1. Sign into the AccountCenter.
  2. Click on your primary domain.
  3. Click View Your Guide to enter the Server Guide tool.

    acGRIDmainmenu_serverguide

  4. Your web access domain is the first domain listed in the Domains section.

    acGRIDmainmenu_serv_guide_domains

For even more details about your access domain, click on Access Domains in the right sidebar.

acAccessDomains

You'll see additional information about your access domain. For example:

Find your email access domain

  1. Sign into the AccountCenter.
  2. Click on your primary domain.
  3. Click View Your Guide to enter the Server Guide tool.

    acGRIDmainmenu_serverguide

  4. Your email access domain is listed in the "Email" section under "Incoming" and "Outgoing".

    acGRIDmainmenu_serv_guide_email_access_dom

Find your email access domain

  1. Sign into the AccountCenter.
  2. Click on the Overview
  3. Click on the Admin button for your WordPress Hosting service.
  4. Click on the site you wish to find your email access domain for.
  5. Click on Email.
    email_menu
  6. Your email access domain is listed in the "Email Access" section under "Incoming (POP/IMAP)" and "Outgoing (POP/IMAP)".
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Find my access domain

You can find your personal access domain in the AccountCenter.

  1. Sign into the AccountCenter.
  2. You can view your access domain in the Server Guide. Click on your primary domain, then on View Your Guide.
    acGRIDmainmenu_serverguide
  3. Your access domain is listed in the Server Info section:

    acVEmainmenu_serv_guide_access_domains

You can use your access domain for SSH:


ssh username@ve.4iU3hd92.vesrv.com

You can also use it for FTP, as a domain on your server, for email testing, et cetra.

Previewing your site

Your web access domain works as a preview for your primary domain. Just type http://s00000.gridserver.com in your favorite browser, and you'll see what you've uploaded so far! (Remember to replace 00000 with your personal site number.)

You can also use it for alternate domains - for example, alternate.com. In this case, you'll add the alternate domain name to the beginning of the URL, like this:

  • http://alternate.com.s00000.gridserver.com

This is a great way to preview your site before you've pointed your domain to (mt) Media Temple.

See (mt) Media Temple's DNS/Nameserver information when you are ready to point your domain to (mt) Media Temple.

FTP and SSH connections

Your web access domain will actually work in any situation where you need to connect to the server (except email). Remember to replace 00000 in the examples with your personal site number.

  • You can use s00000.gridserver.com as the server name in your favorite FTP program.
  • You can use s00000.gridserver.com as both the username and the server name in SSH.
    • See this article for details on SSH (the command-line interface for your server).
  • As noted above, you can use xxxx-xxxx.accessdomain.com in your email program (for both the incoming server and outgoing server). Do NOT use s00000.gridserver.com for this purpose.
    • See Using Email for details on setting up email software.