Editing your Hosts File using Windows 7
Posted by Maria Brosnan on 27 June 2016 05:05 PM

You can find the IP address of your website in your hosting plan's setup email.

The hosts file is a file on your computer used by the operating system to map hostnames to IP addresses.
You can use this file to preview your website on a server before making your website live.

  1. Click Start - All Programs -> Accessories.
  2. Right click on the Notepad icon and select Run as Administrator.
  3. Click Yes if the 'Do you want to allow the following program to make changes on this computer?' dialog box appears.
  4. When Notepad opens click File -> Open.
  5. In the filename field type C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts and click Open.
  6. The hosts file will contain some comments (lines starting with the # symbol), as well as some default hostname mappings e.g. 127.0.0.1 - local host.
    Add your site's IP address and your domain name on a new line as below.

Hosts File Win 7

  1. When you are finished editing the hosts file, click File -> Save.
  2. To exit Notepad, click File -> Exit.

The new changes should now take effect.

If you have any difficulty please contact Support.