I'm new to Magento (using 1.6.1) and I'm getting very frustrated with it!

Whenever I type my virtual host url into the browser "http://website" it goes straight to the live site.

I've googled the problem over and over to no avail unfortunately.

I've tried:

  • changing the secure and unsecure paths in core_config to point to http://website
  • clearing out everything from var/cache
  • checking local.xml to make sure it was accessing the correct DB
  • checking .htaccess to make sure there wasn't a redirect in there.

I've looked at similar or the same questions on here and I can't seem to find my solution!

Please let me know if I have missed any key information out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • 2 questions for you: 1) Is your virtual host local and does it have the same domain as the live host? -- Be sure your local host file has the local IP for the domain, and/or change the domain altogether. 2) Are you only changing the un/secure domains in the db and not in the admin config? -- Be sure to check the secure/unsecure settings in System > Configuration > General > Web, or it will continually overwrite your changes in the db.
    – gtr1971
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 13:31
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    Clear everything from var/session as well because base_urls are stored in user sessions. Don't forget to clear cookies, just to be safe! Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 13:57
  • turns out changing it to "website.local" worked! Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 14:31

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I got the same problem. I solved it after setting permissions to folders.I set permission using below command and it worked.In my case root is the admin user. Please update command accordingly.

sudo chown -R root:root .
sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 777 {} \; && sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 777 {} \;

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