If you use Windows 8 or 8.1:
As an alternative to the instructions above, you can edit the ‘hosts’ file on Windows 7 or Vista in another simple way as described for Windows 8 or 8.1 below:
1. Open Notepad with Administrative privileges by clicking the Start button .
2. Find Applications > type Notepad in the search bar and then right-click Notepad and select to Run as Administrator:
3. Once Notepad is opened with Administrative privileges, click the File menu > choose Open:
4. Browse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc (you may simply copy this path into the address bar and click Enter):
5. Click to show All Files:
6. Choose the ‘hosts‘ file and click Open:
7. Insert the following strings in the end of the document:
where IP_address is the IP address of your account on the server (it can be found in the Hosting Welcome Email), and domainname.com is your actual domain name:
8. Save changes.
9. Now you need to clear the browser’s cache and re-open your domain name in it to see the changes.
NOTE: To revert the changes, you need to remove the new entries added to your host file or simply comment them by adding ‘#’ at the beginning of each line, then save the changes. You may need to clear your browser cache once again to ensure everything is fresh.