Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a go daddy web server tied with a domain. Recently I moved the domain to a different DNS and point to a different web server, therefore leaving the web server on go daddy domainless. I tried to access the file on the web server via IP address but I can't (it gives me a 404 error). I can however FTP to the webserver via the IP address. What should I do here?

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I suspect that you might be running into one or two of the following:

1) Your web browser has cached the old IP address. Try a different browser (like Firefox if you use MSIE, or Safari if you use Firefox on the mac), one that you haven't been to the web site with in a while. You could also try to flush your DNS cache on your client (dscacheutil on a mac, ipconfig on a windows machine), but if the nameserver you use is caching, you may just have to wait.

2) Going to a website using the IP address only really works if the server uses separate IP addresses for each website - which I kind of doubt that godaddy does. So try using telnet, from whatever command line you have (cmd.exe in windows, in Mac, bash in linux)

$ telnet
telnet> open <ipaddress> 80
GET /path_to_file.php HTTP/1.0
(hit enter twice)

If you get the result you expect, then it's there, you just need to wait for DNS to refresh.

share|improve this answer
I actually changed the DNS a month back.. also doing open <ipaddress> 80 gives me Connected to Escape character is '^]'. – user79356 Jun 17 '11 at 3:57
Right, after you get the "Connected to....Escape Character is.." stuff, type in "GET ..." and the rest of it – malcolmpdx Jun 17 '11 at 4:12

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.