How to failover a website without actually doing a failover? It’s actually easier than you think. The key is to trick your computer that it’s pointing to a failover website. You can easily do this by editing your hosts file and adding a DNS entry. In both Linux and MacOS, you can edit the /etc/hosts file and add the failover site like the following below.

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# /etc/hosts
# failover site
# is the IP address of your failover site.
If you need to test the failover site, just uncomment the IP address.
Replace a comment if you’re done testing.