This article provides you with information on how to access your website should via localhost.
Modifying the 'hosts' file allows overriding DNS for a domain on a particular machine and causes local machine to look directly at the IP address specified.
For example, the domain example.com is hosted on a server with IP address 203.0.113.2, but is not resolved to this IP from the Internet. To make your PC/Mac resolve this website to this particular IP address, just add the line below to your local 'hosts' file like this:
203.0.113.2 example.com www.example.com
Modifying the 'hosts' file...
on Windows OS
- Start a command prompt as an Administrator.
- Run the following command to open the 'hosts' file in Windows Notepad:
C:\> notepad C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts
- Add domain's IP address and a domain name on a new line.
- Click File > Save to save your changes.
Open Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
Open the hosts file by typing the following line in a terminal window:
# sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
Type your domain user password when prompted
Add domain's IP address and a domain name on a new line.
Note: The file contains some comments (lines starting with a hash "#" symbol) and some default hostname mappings (for example, 127.0.0.1 – local host). Add your new mappings after the default mappings.
Save the hosts file by pressing 'Control+x' and answering y.
Make changes take effect by flushing the DNS cache with the following command:
# dscacheutil -flushcache
on Linux OS