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Previewing site before DNS propogation

How is it done on a Webmin box?



10:13 am on Jun 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A number of shared hosting accounts I have seen allow web sites to be previewed before the domain name fully propogates. So (after propogation) a web site can be reached by either of the following ...


Apparently, Ensim has a preview facility that allows this to be set up. But can the same effect be achieved on a box using Webmin?

Any resources that might help with this would be appreciated :)


9:58 pm on Jun 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I do not move the DN till I am ready
in the meanwhile I use only the IP address


9:46 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That's the whole point Henry ... I can't use the IP address on the current box. This just brings up the dedicated server's default site. I want to check other new sites on the box too before DNS propogation has taken place (which ... as you probably know ... can take a few hours).

Had a chat with the tech support department, and they have suggested adding symlinks to the default site. I'll check that out this week sometime :)


7:53 am on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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if the domains are set up, then can't you use your hosts file to direct any request for your url to your server? It should resolve for the correct domain and show you the site before it's generally viewable.


8:09 am on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes ... worked that one out this week.

The easiest ones are usually the best :)


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