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Posted on 2014-02-10
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Ive been used to always editing the hosts file and adding the website Im working on to the Apache conf file as a vhost, but its a right pain when working on multiple PCs. On my webhost site I can preview a site before it goes live, and Im wondering how you do that.

I can see on certain sites that phpMyAdmin is put in as a alias:-
Alias /phpmyadmin "c:/htdocs/phpmyadmin/"

<Directory "c:/htdocs/phpmyadmin/">
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
</Directory>

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However when I try and add my site into it, such as:-
Alias /mySite1 "c:/htdocs/mySite1/"

<Directory "c:/htdocs/mySite1/">
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
</Directory>

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And navigate to http://localhost/mySite1 It has issues pulling in scripts and images, however works fine accessing it from http://mySite1 after I set it up as a vhost:-
<VirtualHost *:80>
	DocumentRoot c:/htdocs/mySite1/
	ServerName mySite1
</VirtualHost>

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And edit my hosts file to:-
127.0.0.1     mySite1

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I had thought about using a portable DNS server which I could just run, and on the development machine just point the primary DNS to 127.0.0.1 but I cannot find a portable DNS server, only ones that install - do not understand why, maybe a project for me in the future, but not at the moment.

Any ideas how to preview a site from localhost instead of having to edit the hosts file continuously?

Thank you
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Guessing your markup has absolute paths in it e.g.

="/image/xxxx.jpg"
="/js/xxxxx.js"

If you go through the HTML and remove the leading slashes, to make the paths relative, pic's and scripts may start to appear.
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