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How can I access/test my 'new' site before moving my production site to you? (Windows)
Posted by Laura Schindler, Last modified by Jen Ferraz on 29 January 2013 09:02 AM
This is very easy but the method depends greatly on the operating system
you use on your home/office computer. What we need to do is 'trick' your
computer into accessing your new site with us before it goes live. To do
this, we will make use of a 'hosts' file. A hosts file is just a text file
that resides in a specific place on your computer that tells your computer
where to look for specific web sites. For this example, we'll assume your
site is newsite.com and that its IP address with Miva Merchant is 1.2.3.4,
you will need to get the appropriate IP address from us before proceeding.
Here's how we make your computer access newsite.com from Miva Merchant
instead of where you have it hosted now:

1) If you run ANY Windows operating system (98/XP/7/8/Win2k) then
create a text file called hosts, there should not be any extension on it.
You might have to create it as hosts.txt at first but then you can rename
it. In this file, place the following line of text:

1.2.3.4 newsite.com www.newsite.com

substituting for your IP address provided by Miva Merchant and your actual domain name.

2) Now we must place this file in a place the operating system will look
for it.
On Windows 95/98/Me, this file goes in:

C:\Windows



On Windows NT/2000, this file goes in:

C:\Winnt\system32\drivers\etc



On Windows XP/2003/2008/Windows 7 or Windows 8, this file goes in:

C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc



3) Once this file is in place, close all copies if your internet web brower.
Reopen the browser, and your system should now access one of
our servers to reach your domain. To go back to your normal host,
just move the file somewhere else.

Earthlink Users: You must disable the Earthlink Accelerator for this procedure to work.
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