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Possible to setup test forum

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by wi11ie, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. wi11ie

    wi11ie Member

    I have just purchased Xenforo. It it OK to set it up on my existing site as a test forum where only i will have access to it then move it to a new domain in a few days ???
  2. wi11ie

    wi11ie Member

    I havent downloaded it yet
  3. wi11ie

    wi11ie Member

    Its OK i found it. Yes
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Just to clarify, the terms of the license permit you to install it once for your live site and an additional installation for testing purposes.

  5. wi11ie

    wi11ie Member

    Hi Brogan.
    I dont have the URL where it will be used permantly yet. I am still waiting for it to be registered.
    I do have a site that i can test and learn how to drive it on where only i will have access to it. I have registered it to that site.
    I just wanted to know whether i can move it to a new URL once it is registered.

    You answered this in your Pre-Sales FAQ post.
    Q: Am I allowed to change the URL where my forum is installed?
    A: Yes, you must update your account details accordingly in the Customers section.

    Thanks for your reply :)
  6. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

  7. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Wi11ie, if you do not have a site URL, you can use http://localhost (License Details -> Site URL). Once your domain name is registered you can change the URL of your site in the customer area (edit details).

    They both point to the same address.

    As long as you password protect your test/dev site so that it is not accessible to the public, then it is ok.
  8. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    i am assuming keeping the board permanently closed for maintenance qualifies as 'password protected'.
  9. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Yes, that should be fine. Ideally we'd prefer it to be behind .htaccess protection, but if the board is never in active mode, I guess that's okay.
    dieketzer likes this.
  10. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Awesome. I just didn't want to get into trouble :D

    What do you mean sir? both on the same domain?
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    They were both resolving to the same URL but they both seem to be working properly now.
  12. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    ah i see i came back and edited that but i didnt see his post before (must of edited the same time as me lol)
  13. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    I was in the same boat. Couldnt wait for the new domain so I got it all set up on one of my current domains then moved it over once I got the new domain. Just enter the info on your member account here.
  14. Tigratrus

    Tigratrus Well-Known Member

    What we do is spawn a duplicate of the live site (we're on a highish end cloud hosting solution, like a super VPS), it's still configured to the live domain, but since it's a different IP it's not accessible unless you have an entry in your hosts table to pre-empt the name resolution. Then both Susan and I can work with the dev site via our Parallels environment, while OSX continues to hit the live site. Means we never have to worry about any fully qualified URLs breaking during testing, it's a dead accurate representation of how the live site will respond.

    Take about an hour, hour and a half to take a new snapshot of the live site, and about the same amount of time to create a new instance based on the snapshot, but it's all automated.

    It's not .htaccess protected, but pretty dang hard to get to unless you:

    A: Know the IP for the testbed.
    B: Know enough about what you're doing to circumvent the name resolution. Not that that's terribly difficult, but it does mean that the testbed is really never seen "in the wild". :)

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