New and transferred domain names have a propagation period that can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days. During this period of time the new or transferred domain information propagates around the internet, and you can't see your new webspace.
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If you need to preview your site immediately you can edit a file on your computer as a temporary work around.
Windows contains a file called 'hosts' that will enable resolution of your domain name to the web server. Carefully edit this file using the following procedure.
1. Locate the hosts file on your computer
Navigate to the following directory using Windows explorer or similar:
Windows 95/98/Me c:\windows\hosts
Windows NT/2000 c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows XP Home/Pro c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows Vista c:\windows\system32\drivers\hosts
Windows 7 C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Note in Windows 7, you must open this with Notepad run as Administrator. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Notepad, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow or Yes.
2. Open the hosts file for editing
Open your hosts file in Notepad. It should look something like this when you open it:
Start a new line at the bottom of the file. To do so, click your mouse so that the cursor is at the very end of the last line and hit to start a new line.
Enter the following two lines of text like this example:
BUT, replace 18.104.22.168 with the IP address of your new website space. To find this out, contact Customer Services.
Your Hosts file should looks something like this when you are done.
Close the Hosts file and save it when asked. If your browser is currently open, close it so that the changes take effect . It is not necessary to restart your computer.
You should now be able to view and publish to your web site using your domain name.
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