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Viewing Your Website Before Changing Your Nameservers Using Host Files

Adding entries to your hosts file lets you view the files you uploaded to your hosting account before changing your domain's nameservers. To do this, add your hosting account's IP address as an entry on your computer's host (your computer). Where that files is depends on your operating system (OS):

OS Host File Location
Windows (8, 7, XP, etc.) c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Macintosh OS X /etc/hosts
Linux /etc/hosts

Now, add an entry for your domain/hosting account using the following format:

[your account's IP address] [your fully qualified domain name]

For example:

12.0.0.1 coolexample.com

If you need your IP address, see Finding Your Hosting Account's IP Address.

After your domain propagates be sure to remove the entry from your hosts file. If you do not remove the entry and change plans or servers in the future, you will not be able to view your site.

NOTE: We do not support modifying your system files, do so at your own risk.

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