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Nginx Domains Any chance to access the website without domain name?

Discussion in 'Install & Upgrades or Pre-Install Questions' started by redbird, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. redbird

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    Hi,

    Quick question.

    Back in the old days (heh heh :) it was possible to access websites in browser in apache without a domain. something like xxx.xxx.xxx/~sitename

    Is similar available in centmin / nginx ?

    If I created a vhost but not yet pointed domain' DNS to it, is it possible to access it in browser and test things?

    Thank you,
    RB


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  2. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    That was something cpanel/WHM offers. No such thing in Centmin Mod. You can just use modified hosts file edit to preview domains.

    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
    Code:
    centminmodserver-ip-address newdomain.com
    to disable preview comment it out and flush dns for your system
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    #centminmodserver-ip-address newdomain.com
    Hostsman app to flush dns and edit the c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file
     
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  3. Meirami

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  4. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    Personally hosts file edit is easiest as it is truly private testing which you can only access the site and no one else and sometimes you want to be using the real domain name just in testing environment.
     
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  5. redbird

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    Great tip George. I knew about it but haven't thought about it in this case lol.

    @Meirami different domain won't work if you are moving the same domain to a different VPS and want to test things first before switching DNS to avoid downtime.
     
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    I too would like the possibility.

    Because using the cloning function of the well-known Wpmanage service, in addition to asking for ftp data, the temporary url is also requested, and in this case you can not provide a host file to use.
     
  7. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    unfortunately Centmin Mod doesn't support using /~username to preview sites
     
  8. Jon Snow

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    Can't you just use one of those free domain extensions? (if any exists that do not use frames)
     
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    Also, you can create a sub domain and it should work. That's what I use for some of my test servers.
     
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