Domain path


#1

I am new to dreamhost. My old host you could setup the domain and then once done point the domain, so you would be sure there was no downtime. How do I go to IP address to check the site before I point the domain? My last host it was something like http://12.313.4.22/~user/domain.com/index.html

Any help would be appreciated.


#2

You can’t browse to the IP address (and AFAIK, even if you have a unique IP) however what you can do is add a free *dreamhosters.com domain to your plan. You can then specify the same web directory that you will use for the domain when it goes live. For example if you will host http://example.com/ in /home/username/example.com, you can add http://example-beta.dreamhosters.com/ hosted from /home/username/example.com as well.

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#3

Atropos’ suggestion as well as others are covered in the Dreamhost wiki article on viewing a site before changing your DNS or DNS propagates.

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