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Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby squeakytown on Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:55 pm

Hi,

I have place a copy of my working website onto the new webhost space provided by Exetel.
All items where copied into the public_html folder provided including the index.html

Currently the Domain name is still operating at the other current provider.

Is there a URL available to be able to test the new site before the domain is swapped over?
ie http://web.exetel.com.au/web/www.shellh ... index.html

Thanks Dave.
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby KavindaS on Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:18 pm

Hi,

I have place a copy of my working website onto the new webhost space provided by Exetel.
All items where copied into the public_html folder provided including the index.html

Currently the Domain name is still operating at the other current provider.

Is there a URL available to be able to test the new site before the domain is swapped over?
ie http://web.exetel.com.au/web/www.shellh ... index.html

Thanks Dave.
Hi Dave,

Unfortunately the answer is NO. :(
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby Dazzled on Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:56 pm

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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby squeakytown on Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:00 pm

Can you explain what you mean by 'point your hosts file'?

I under stand the current provider has a map to the virtual domain at their site.
But I don't know the virtual URL path to the exetel webspace site.

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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby Dazzled on Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:07 pm

If you know the Exetel hosted IP address, you can alter the hosts file so that your domain name points to the IP address. It's a kind of DIY DNS system, that bypasses a DNS lookup, for your computer only.
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby squeakytown on Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Thanks is this the ip against my a record?
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby Dazzled on Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:56 pm

Typical DNS lookup for A record:
$ dig +short www.exetel.com.au A
220.233.0.9

We want the computer to return this without going out to a DNS server.
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby squeakytown on Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:18 pm

I added the entry 220.233.0.22 www.shellharboursurfclub.com
To my host and the ping confirmed its in place.

When I try the URL www.shellharboursurfclub.com
Its still taking me to the real domain site?
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby squeakytown on Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:43 pm

Don't worry,

The DNS was not beeing used by IE for some reason. Did it on another PC it worked OK.
Ready to change Domain registration Named Hosts and do the swap.
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Re: Testing a Webhosting Site before Going Live

Postby Dazzled on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:32 pm

I'm glad it's OK now. Windows caches DNS lookups, so you probably needed to flush it so the hosts file would be consulted - ipconfig /flushdns. You can see the cache current contents from the command ipconfig /displaydns | more

I noticed a couple of niggles with the old site - refer your page URLs or source files to http://validator.w3.org for a checkup.
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