localhost testing done right
Save this URL, memorize it, write it on a sticky note, tweet it, tell your colleagues about it!
If you do any testing on your local system you’ve probably created hosts file entries (c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts) for different testing domains and had them point back to 127.0.0.1. This works great but it requires just a bit of extra effort.
This localtest.me trick is so obvious, so simple, and yet so powerful. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are other domain names like this out there, but I haven’t run across them yet so I just ordered the domain name localtest.me which I’ll keep available for the internet community to use.
Here’s how it works. The entire domain name localtest.me—and all wildcard entries—point to
::1. So without any changes to your host file you can immediate start testing with a local URL.
http://localtest.me http://newyork.localtest.me http://mysite.localtest.me http://redirecttest.localtest.me http://sub1.sub2.sub3.localtest.me
You name it, just use any *.localtest.me URL that you dream up and it will work for testing on your local system.
Read the introduction by Scott Forsyth
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