I am transferring a WP site to a HostGator shared server account. I have everything set up but want to test the site before I propagate the domain name. To do this I want to alter my Host File to point to the new server, eg: mysite.com www.mysite.com

I've done this dozens of times before, but this time it's not working.

I get a 404 page with the HostGator logo, so that encouraging - its getting to the right host - but not site content as expected.

Would anyone know if there is a special way to do this with HostGator?


I found that the IP address that came with my HostGator account information email was not the right one. I logged into CPanel via the temporary URL and found the actual IP address listed on the column to the right towards the bottom.

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  • "...was not the right one" - was it wrong initially? Or had it changed? – MrWhite Apr 20 '15 at 0:23
  • @w3d Im guessing it was wrong initially since the account is only about a week old. – MeltingDog Apr 20 '15 at 5:12

There's a handy tool on many computers that you can use to find an IP address of a domain.

Just open up a command prompt and type:

ping www.mysite.com

or type:

ping mysite.com

Then you'll see the IP the site is connected to. For example, to find out google's IP, type:

ping google.com

and you'll get results that begin like this:

PING google.ca ( 56(84) bytes of data.

Then once every second, you'll receive the following line with slightly different numbers after the time:

64 bytes from yyz08s14-in-f31.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=58 time=8.37 ms

If I'm not mistaken, the above line appears four times in windows then the program exits. I use linux so I have to use CTRL+C to exit ping. Once ping ends, I see the following:

--- google.ca ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 3999ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 8.181/8.535/8.962/0.295 ms

Next, to verify the information is correct, copy the IP address in brackets and use it in your browser. In this case, the IP is I typed it in, and it is google.

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