Access site before DNS resolves?

Discussion in 'General' started by WebRuss, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. WebRuss

    WebRuss New Member


    I'm setting up a site on an ISPConfig box as a replacement of an aready existing site on some other server. I want to allow the customer to see my work as I complete it. Is there a URL I can give the customer so they can see the site before it is done?

    something like

  2. jonwatson

    jonwatson New Member

    The only way I've been able to do this is by using a hosts file on the client machine. In Linux, that file is /etc/hosts. In Windows it's buried in system32 somewhere.
  3. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Or you assign another domain or subdomain temporarily as co-domain to the site and give your customer this domain to view the content.
  4. jonwatson

    jonwatson New Member

    That's a much better idea. I didn't think of this until after I wrote my post, but I think the only reason my way works is because I use the hosts file between the time that I make the DNS change and the propagation occurs. If the OP isn't intending to point his domain to his ISPConfig installation right away, then I don't think it's going to work as the DNS query won't return properly.

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