Website is not published but generating traffic

Created:

2016-11-16 13:20:17 UTC

Modified:

2017-08-16 17:11:09 UTC

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Website is not published but generating traffic

Applicable to:

  • Plesk 11.x for Linux

Symptoms

Website is not published but it is generating traffic, all entries in the access_log were generated by requests from the IP of Plesk.

Cause

The traffic was generated during using Preview option. The preview feature is designed to see how the site functions without having this site properly resolved in global DNS system, but it is impossible to load the website from a web server without accessing it over the network, so the traffic which was generated is absolutely legit.

Resolution

To avoid traffic generation avoid using Prevew feature or change settings in 'Home' -> 'Tools & Settings' -> 'Website Preview Settings' ` to use another host for preview.

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