Previewing site before DNS changeover


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 I tried going to 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.


You can create a free 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.


This will definitely help.


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