In a previous article we explained the syntax used to write Drupal migrations. When migrating into content entities, these define several properties that can be included in the process section to populate their values. For example, when importing nodes you can specify the title, publication status, creation date, etc.
As far as I know, I’ve never gotten editing a hosts file to work. That’s a bummer, because sometimes you need to preview a site you’ve just migrated to new hosting, without pointing the DNS over and dealing with the horrors (wonders?) of DNS propagation. hosts is supposed to make that easy, but—at least in my experience as a Windows peasant—it’s super-hard to work with and doesn’t perform as advertised.
With support for Drupal 7 soon to be extinct, many Drupal 7 website owners are anxious to migrate quickly to the next generation of the CMS, Drupal 8. With phrases like “end of life” and “sunsetting” now almost ubiquitously attached to Drupal 7, some are feeling chills of terror sweep over, as if the surface of the water in the glass resting on the dashboard has begun to ripple from the impact tremors.