Temporary URL

Modifying your hosts file enables you to override the domain name system (DNS) for a domain on a specific machine. DNS management is useful when you want to test your site without the test link prior to going live with SSL, verify that an alias site works prior to DNS changes, and for other DNS-related reasons.

Before you start:  Please check your welcome email for your correct IP address.  As it may differ to the one shown below.

Windows 10 and Windows 8

Use the following instructions if you’re running Windows 10 or Windows 8:

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. Type Notepad in the search field.
  3. In the search results, right-click Notepad and select Run as administrator.
  4. From Notepad, open the following file:

    c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts

  5. Make the necessary changes to the file.
    The format of the file is:

    139.99.177.172         yourdomain.com

    *Check your welcome email for the correct IP address, as this may vary from above.
  6. File > Save to save your changes.

 

Mac

Use the following instructions if you’re macOS.  You must have administrator privileges.

  1. Open a terminal (Launchpad > Other > Terminal)
  2. Type:   sudo nano /etc/hosts
  3. Enter your password if prompted.
  4. Add a new line of text to the bottom of the file:

    139.99.177.172         yourdomain.com

    *Check your welcome email for the correct IP address, as this may vary from above.
  5. Press Control + X
  6. Answer Y to save when prompted.

 

You should now be able to access yourdomain.com from your browser and be directed to your temporary IP address while you wait for your DNS to resolve.

It is important to remove this hosts entry once your domain has propegated, to avoid future issues when/if IP addresses change.

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