Simple Local Servers

When testing many facets of the OptinMonster embed code I find myself needing a clean & quick HTML page on almost a daily basis. For most tasks throwing some code into JSFiddle will do, but testing some of our more advanced targeting rules becomes onerous, if not impossible.

In comes a great little NPM package serve from the team over at Zeit that gives you a bare-bones web server from the terminal.

So without further ado, my process:

Install the package

Shell

Create the necessary files

I first create a new temporary directory and add an index.html file.

Shell

Add the HTML

I then place some boilerplate HTML in index.html along with the OptinMonster embed code.

HTML

Start the server

Back in the terminal and in the temporary directory, start the server with server ..

Terminal window displaying the command "serve ."

Once you see “Serving!” your page is ready to go!

View the page

You can now see the test page at http://localhost:5000.

That’s it.

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