How To Test A Website Without Changing DNS After Migration

If you are using Windows PC, what you need to do is run a simple command line in your RUN command. Simply copy and paste this command without the double quote “notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” and press Enter key.  After doing this, a notepad will prompt a text content similar below:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

 

What you need to  is add the I.P. address of your web hosting and the domain URL. If you are not sure what is your hosting I.P. address, contact your hosting web support or use any DNS Lookup Tools like Mxtoolbox and LeafDNS. Once you have your I.P. address, add these lines in your hosts file wherein 1.1.1.1 is your I.P. address and domain.com is your domain url.

 

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

1.1.1.1  google.com

1.1.1.1 www.google.com

 

Save and clear your browser cache.

If you want to access the realtime website or the actual website being hosted on that I.P., simply delete the line you added, save and then  clear your browser cache.

 

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