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

  • Posted October 18, 2013

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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@umakantpatil7: Add the following line to <code>/etc/hosts</code>: <br><pre></pre>

Yes any hostname works and after reading this I did the same and went into problems. <br> <br>Currently I’m facing problem due to using any hostname. Say e.g. Everytime I run “sudo” command in my unbuntu droplet. It warns “sudo: unable to resolve host”. Further on of my programs uses sudo command and now the programs throws exception because of this. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>

Correct. Not sure if the website you plan on migrating is a WordPress site, but this article may be of interest to you: <a href=“”>How to Migrate WordPress from Shared Hosting to a Cloud Server with Zero Downtime</a> (particularly – even if yours is not a WordPress site – Step 6).

You mean that I can choose any hostname that I want?

Hostname does <b>not</b> 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.