Don’t Use GoDaddy’s PreviewDNS Functionality

Here’s a fun discovery I made last week!! Â In the past if I needed to test a website on the production server I just made a site, or I got an IP address to use for a month until it was ready to go live.

While working with a colleague on a website going live, he opted to use GoDaddy’s free preview service, previewdns.  The website we were testing was a PHP/Mysql/Apache on Linux server running off  Drupal 6.0.  A bunch of things in the admin went wonky.  All the collapsible menu features stopped working, so did the WYSIWYG.  We had countless issues with anything involving Javascript.  Imagine our consternation trying to figure out how so much could be different on a practically identical server!  Turns out, it’s previewdns’s fault.  Once moved over to the live domain name, all these issues were fixed.  Maybe next time I’ll just spend a buck on an IP address and be sure of what I’m seeing :)

I’m trying to find some articles that explain how and why previewdns is breaking everything – but only positive reviews exist so far! Â Spread the word! Let me know if you have had any issues or find any articles on how to deal with these problems.

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