Windows 8 or 8.1

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:

IP_address domainname.com 
IP_address www.domainname.com

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.

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