Out of problems, come solutions. I was dealing with a routine SSL/TLS issue when I was introduced to a handy tool:

hosts.cx

This will save me time adding server IP addresses into my Windows hosts file each time I want to preview changes live on the server whilst bypassing any proxies that exist on the web. This is particularly useful for troubleshooting issues when using Cloudflare.

I just needed to document this tool somewhere so it’s not forgotten, as it’s surely going to prove useful to someone, either myself re-visiting in the future or perhaps you’ll get something from it as well, if so that’s a bonus! Let me know if you use, or prefer different tools in the comments. I might update the article or add more useful tools or toolkits in the future.

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