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Using an IP address when I don't have a hostname

Posted October 18, 2013 5.4k views
I am trying to migrate my current website to DO. The migration is probably going to take several days. During these days, I want my host name to point to the old server. However, when I try to create a droplet in DO, I am asked to provide the host name. I would like to create a droplet without a hostname, access it via its IP address, and check that it is working OK, before I migrate my hostname to DO. Is this possible?

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Hostname does not equal domain name. Sounds like you're confusing the two for one in the same. Go ahead and create the hostname -- and you'll be able to accomplish exactly what you're trying to do.
You mean that I can choose any hostname that I want?
Correct. Not sure if the website you plan on migrating is a WordPress site, but this article may be of interest to you: How to Migrate WordPress from Shared Hosting to a Cloud Server with Zero Downtime (particularly -- even if yours is not a WordPress site -- Step 6).
by Ramesh Jha
If you read through this article you'll have the knowledge to migrate your WordPress site from Shared Hosting to a Cloud Server with zero downtime.
Yes any hostname works and after reading this I did the same and went into problems.

Currently I'm facing problem due to using any hostname. Say e.g. host.mywebsite.com. Everytime I run "sudo" command in my unbuntu droplet. It warns "sudo: unable to resolve host host.mywebsite.com". Further on of my programs uses sudo command and now the programs throws exception because of this.





@umakantpatil7: Add the following line to /etc/hosts:
127.0.0.1    host.mywebsite.com
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