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How To Test Your Dynamic Sites

This article applies to: Academic Websites (Dynamic)

Testing Websites for Academic Web Hosting Migration

Cornell academic websites are being moved to a new hosting environment. This change is occurring to keep Cornell's websites secure and operating smoothly.

Please test your website to see how it will work in the new environment. The test web address is temporary. After November 10th, your website will be published on the new hosting servers.

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How to Test

You can test your website(s) by going to the test address.

Your test address is nearly the same as your production address. Just add test. to the beginning of your regular URL

Examples include:




What to Test

  • Verify that your entire site works as it should.
  • Verify that it has all the site content that you expect.
  • Make sure your navigation works.
  • If your website requires authentication to access all or part of the website (either a shared password, or login by Cornell netID), verify that is working correctly.
    • Make sure you are prompted to authenticate.
    • Confirm that you can successfully access secured parts of your site.
    • Confirm that you are denied access when you do not authenticate (or authenticate incorrectly).
  • If your site uses a MySQL database, make sure that it is reading & updating data from the database correctly.
    • If it displays data dynamically read from the database, verify that is working.
    • If you write data into the database, verify that is working.
  • If your site sends emails, for example as contacts or confirmations, test your email functionality.

  • Test changing a file on your website. Verify that you can successfully log in and upload a change to your website.
  • Test all links (throughout the navigation, footer, sidebars, and body) to ensure they go to the correct page.
  • Make sure all videos play correctly.
  • Test any downloads.
  • Cross-browser testing (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge).
  • If your site is not currently working in production, it will also not work on the new servers. You do not necessarily need to fix it in test. You will be able to make changes after November 10th at your convenience.

  • If you have links in your test site content that include the full URL for your website, clicking them while you are testing will take you away from the test site and back to your active site. If you want to make sure that you did not get transported away, click in the URL bar of your browser and look for test toward the beginning of the address.


If something on your website is broken or incorrect, contact

  • In general, website content maintenance is the responsibility of the site owner and site maintainers. However, if the problem is related to either site content synchronization or authentication, we may be able to fix it for you.
  • Check that your site is working correctly at your production URL. This will help determine if the problem is pre-existing or related to the server migration.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:02am

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