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my ISP is not currently resolving DNS. But I can access most websites via IP addresses, Is there a way I can access my own website on a shared server via IP? It wasn't given to me.

Like How can I get this without asking them for it?

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sure you can:

telnet <ip of your provider> 80
GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: <name of your vhost>

That's it. It should spit out the text.

Of course an easiyer way would be to just enter the ip and hostname in your /etc/hosts file and browse to it. But that would be boring wouldn't it?

The path is usually the hosts-file under Linux under Windows it is here (sorry it has multiple locations depending on the Windows version).

I can't comment on where you find telnet. Usually it is within the command Prompt which should be reachable from the start menu (I haven't used Windows in years so forgive my lack of detailed memory how telnet on windows works)

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There's no host file, I'm the asker. Please I'm new to telnet can you be specific? –  Mob Sep 18 '11 at 20:02
Click [Start] > run... Enter "cmd" [OK] type <ip of your provider> 80 [ENTER] etc... (As per Server Horror instructions) –  Oli B Feb 19 '13 at 11:49

my ISP is not currently resolving DNS.

Did you try with Google's DNS: and

Is there a way I can access my own website on a shared server via IP?

It looks like you can't, because there may have multiple domains map to one IP address.

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Look up the IP address with this web tool (DNS lookup). It's very likely that you can't access your site with the IP address you got from there, though. The reason is that a web server can handle many domains from the same IP address and differentiates them by the domain name used in the http query.

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I have the IP address, but not the full file path –  lol Sep 18 '11 at 13:36

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