Previewing site before DNS changeover


#1

I am beginning to migrate our company site to Dreamhost. Our site runs on WordPress using a custom template that I have further customized.

I want to get our site tested and working perfectly before we make the switch and change the dns info.

Is there a way I can preview and test the site before the domain name is switched?

I see in my control panel an IP address 173.236.246.6. I tried going to http://173.236.246.6/ but get the “bad_httpd_conf” error.

I see the error’s explanation on the dreamhost wiki, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t apply to me because I don’t want to switch the domain pointer yet.

If you have a way for me to test my site at this stage I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.


#2

You can create a free dreamhosters.com sub-domain. this way you can access your site on dreamhost hardware. Just document all the places that you need to update yet again as you switch your DNS over.


#3

This will definitely help.


#4

Thank you, that’s exactly what I was hoping for!


#5

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