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How do I test a site I'm developing in a droplet?

I’m using ssh to access my droplet. I can pull the code and develop, but how do I view my edits from a browser? What is the equivalent to spinning up the site locally and accessing 127.0.0.1:8080?


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Hello,

It would depend on the type of application that you are using but for example if you are developing a static HTML/CSS site, you could only install Nginx and it should all work out of the box:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-nginx-on-ubuntu-18-04

If you are developing a node application, you could again use Nginx but use it as a reverse proxy:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-a-node-js-application-for-production-on-ubuntu-16-04

Then once you have this setup, you can visit your droplet’s IP in your browser and you would be able to see your app.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby