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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by DerGelbe, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. DerGelbe

    DerGelbe New Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Local Time:
    6:41 PM
    I am exited to try centminmod and compare it with my shared host (Apache,LiteSpeed,MariaDB). My shared host is actually not too bad with WP loading speeds usually below 2sec.

    I will do my testing on a arubacloud.com cloud VPS.

    May I add a silly green beginners question: How do I view a website on the server (pre-DNS)?
  2. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

    May 24, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Local Time:
    8:41 PM
    Nginx 1.17.x
    MariaDB 5.5/10.x
    welcome @DerGelbe to Centmin Mod Community and Centmin Mod :)

    To check DNS propagation times https://www.whatsmydns.net/ and to preview before DNS change just setup the domains you want via centmin.sh menu option 2 as outlined at Nginx Vhost & NSD DNS Setup - CentminMod.com LEMP Nginx web stack for CentOS They aren't live unless you edit your domain's DNS to point to centminmod server's IP address so will no interfere with your live domain operation.

    Then edit each domain's vhost file at /usr/local/nginx/conf/conf.d/newdomain.com.conf and /usr/local/nginx/conf/conf.d/newdomain.com.ssl.conf (if you set yes to ssl) and add to server_name listing additional domain names you want to test from i.e. test.newdomain.com.

    would change from

    server {
      server_name newdomain.com www.newdomain.com;

    server {
      server_name newdomain.com www.newdomain.com test.newdomain.com;
    then only update DNS for test.newdomain.com to point to centminmod server's IP address. Then after testing is done and you want to switch live domain to centminmod copy, just update DNS for newdomain.comto point to centminmod server's IP address as well :)

    If you want to preview newdomain.com on new centminmod server without updating DNS, on Windows PC edit your windows HOSTS file at c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts (see guide at Modify your hosts file | Knowledge Center | Rackspace Hosting or install Hostman app HostsMan - abelhadigital.com which can manage the file too and allows easy dns flushing when you make changes to the hosts file.

    c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts contents to preview without DNS update
    centminmodserver-ip-address newdomain.com
    to disable preview comment it out and flush dns for your system
    #centminmodserver-ip-address newdomain.com
    Hostsman app to flush dns and edit the c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file

    You might want to try the 123.09beta01 build as it will be next stable release and well has alot of improvements if you check 2nd post change log at Beta Branch - Centmin Mod .09 beta branch Testing

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