Modify Local DNS/DNS Spoof? How Best to Test Site Before Going Live?

January 12, 2017 2.3k views
Deployment Development DNS

I am moving from other hosting to Digital Ocean. I believe I’ve set everything up properly so I just need to change my A record for the domains and everything should be up and running. The issue is that I’d really like to test this! I’m on a Windows machine so I modified the hosts file. The issue is that since I’m using Wordpress it appears as though they rewrite the URL to add www. in front which is querying for the real address. Is there a workaround that people use to test things such as this? Thank you!

2 Answers
jtittle1 January 12, 2017
Accepted Answer


You can modify your hosts file to account for both access points on the domain.


You can go even further and use sub-domains as well, as long as they point to the same IP, else you’d need to create a second entry.


Hello, I am moving my domain from Digital Ocean to other provider.
What is the process for directing the dns to the new provider?
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