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Changed my hosts file but can't reach my migreted site.

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gualdim
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2013-03-01 1:08 pm EST

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I've modified my hosts file to my domain be recognized to you server or nameserver but I can't get to my site.
I've rebooted my machine and all browsers on my machine lots of times.
I need to test everyting before changing DNS.
What do I need to do more?

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JacobIMH
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2013-03-01 3:11 pm EST
Hello gualdim, and thanks for your question.

If you've already correctly followed the steps in our guide on <a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/how-to/modifying-your-hosts-file" target="_blank">modifying your hosts file</a> and if your domain was <strong>example.com</strong> you should have ended up with entries in your hosts file like this:

<p class="code_block" style="width: 500px;">
70.39.232.253 example.com
70.39.232.253 www.example.com
</p>

The IP address of the shared server your account is on is <strong>70.39.232.253</strong>, so that's the IP you want to be sure you're using. I typically would recommend connecting directly to our server via FTP on that IP address and uploading a file such as <strong>test.htm</strong>.

Then trying to to access <strong>example.com/test.htm</strong> so that if that file pulls up, you know you're on the proper server. If for some reason you can't get your <strong>hosts</strong> file to properly point to the correct place, then you could also attempt to <a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/how-to/using-your-temporary-url" target="_blank">test your site using your temporary URL</a>.

Let us know if you're still having any issues getting either to work properly.

- Jacob

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