Editing your Hosts File using a Mac
Posted by Maria Brosnan on 27 June 2016 05:06 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. Open Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Open the Hosts file by typing the following in the Terminal window:  sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
  3. Type the username/password for your Mac if prompted.
  4. 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 domain name and your website's IP address on a new line e.g.  210.48.108.40   yourname.co.nz
  5. When you are finished editing the hosts file, press Control+x to save the file.

The changes should take effect immediately.

If you have any difficulty please contact Support.