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How To Preview A Domain Prior To Setting Nameservers

Started by Dynaweb, July 31, 2014, 09:33:57 pm

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Dynaweb

If you want to preview your new domain before going live by setting the nameservers, there is a pretty easy way to do this.

You need to edit your "hosts" file on your computer.
On Windows systems (7 and 8) the hosts file is found at
    c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Be advised that you may need to allow viewing of hidden system files.
Edit that file in notepad (or Notepad++) AS ADMINISTRATOR.

Add the line as follows:
<server_ip_here>     <domainnamehere> www.<domainnamehere>
(Replace <server_ip_here> with the IP address of the web server, and replace <domainnamehere> with the new domain name you want to preview.

Once saved, restart the web browser and there you go!


More info and details can be found here
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27350/beginner-geek-how-to-edit-your-hosts-file/