... and How to test DNS propagation before it's happened
I came across this really neat trick the other day and am sure that it should be much more widely used.
If you want to test a webserver before updating the DNS
If you are waiting for DNS to be propgated around the internet
here is a small trick that will mean you don't have to wait any longer...
The Hosts file
Update the hosts file on your computer to point directly to your webserver. On windows the hosts file is found at
Add a line in the format
and save the file.
It's probably a good idea too, to flsuh your dns cache. Run command from the Start Menu>Run>cmd and enter ipconfig /flushdns
And now you can navigate directly to mynewhost.com
But don't forget to remove this line from the hosts file when the DNS has been propagated !