April 29, 2015
Use ForwardHQ to test your local work, anywhere
Recently I found some difficulty testing my work on devices. For various reasons the local files could not be served across wi-fi easily and I needed a quicker alternative to transfering to a hosted platform.
I was told about ForwardHQ; a wonderful little tool that solves all these problems and I wanted to share it in case others out there have similar problems. Its very simple too:
- Run a server to serve your local files (ways of setting up a server if you are unsure is shown below).
- In your browser go to one of your files from the port i.e. http://localhost:8000/index.html.
- Sign up to ForwardHQ account.
- You will be asked to provide a subdomain name to simply serve up a URL for your work. This can be anything you like.
- You will also be asked to enter the port your computer is using to serve your local files i.e. in my case it is localhost:8000.
- Install the Chrome extension. There is no extension for another browser yet but if you prefer, use command line as an alternative https://forwardhq.com/help/installing-forward#cli
- Go to your browser page of your local work i.e. http://localhost:8000/index.html and click on the Chrome extension.
- Choose to start a tunnel.
- Bingo! Use the URL provided in any device, any network, any wi-fi connection, to someone somewhere else and anyone, anywhere will be able to see your work. There is the ability to set a password for extra security if you wish.
Setting up a server
- Read how to spin a server up on Python
- You could also run FowardHQ on other servers: https://forwardhq.com/help/using-forward/getting-s...
To me this is a brilliant, inexpensive, simple and quick to set up tool. No more remembering long IP address and network issues.