Temporary URL for new domain


#1

Is there a way a new domain can be accessed? Example

http://hyerion.dreamhost.com/username/domainname

I don’t want to wait for DNS propagation.


#2

There is a wiki article on just this subject :slight_smile:

Basically it involves creating a free dreamhosters.com sub-domain and configuring this to mirror your real domain.

http://www.wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/DNS_-_Viewing_site_before_DNS_change

Mark


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#3

This method would work if I have my new domain name hosted somewhere. But I don’t. At my old host I could access with a url like http://www.hosting-provider.com/~username
I was wondering if dreamhost has something like that?


#4

If you have added the domain to the DreamHost system, uploaded your site content and are just waiting on DNS propagation, then the method will work fine to access the site in the meantime.

If you are waiting for DNS propagation before you begin to upload your site, you do not need to. You can FTP to the DreamHost server you are on using the log-in credentials of the user that controls the domain.

Mark


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#5

I am a little bit confused sir. Just adding subdomain.dreamhosters.com would work? Does the Dreamhost panel automatically add a new A record for this? Because I have been checking it on www.dnsstuff.com and it is still not there yet.
http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/lookup.ch?name=shwesagar.dreamhosters.com&type=A
Do I need to do something more? I have done everything that the wiki mentioned. Thanks so much for the fast responses!


#6

It does take a little time for the dreamhosters sub-domain to be resolvable and the time does vary quite a bit, but it is still (usually) much quicker than waiting for your real domains DNS information to propagate.

I’d recommend giving it an hour or so and trying again.

Edit: Deleted the possible ‘hosts’ file work around, as testing revealed it not to work (well not for me anyway).

Mark


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#7

Thank you so much mark! I never had a chance to try out the “host file” suggestion, coz dreamhosters.com is working now. :slight_smile:


#8

No problem, I am always glad to help out where I can.

That is probably a good thing, as it might have caused you some frustration. I just tested the method for another thread I am participating in and it did not appear to work as expected. More than likely due to DreamHost using multiple IP addresses (and Apache instances) for each physical server.

Anyway, it is good to hear that you are good to go. Good luck.

Mark


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