Cloud Hosting/Hosts File

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Setting Up Hosts File

  • You can use these steps to view your site on your new Cloud server
  • NOTE: once you have completed the migration - make sure to remove this info from your host file



  • Make sure you can view file extensions on your computer. Click on My Computer > Tools > Folder Options
    • Under Hidden Files and Folders - make sure it states Show hidden files and folder
    • Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
    • Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
    • Click Apply

Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\


  • In this folder you should see a file called hosts
  • You can right click and choose Open or Open with - choose Notepad (NOTE: Windows 8 and higher users need to open Notepad as administrator.)

Note: on Windows 7 you can also use the "run" tool and open the hosts file by entering:

notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts


Here is what it will look like.


  • Note that the pound character "#" causes the DNS software on your computer to consider anything that follows it in a line as a comment and will therefore ignore that part
  • You will want to add the following information we send you to the bottom of your hosts file:
<ip-address>  <>  <>
  • Where the <ip-address> is the ip address of your server (eg. and <> is your domain name so it will look something like this:


  • Edit your hosts file though a terminal


  • The line will look similar to this:


  • From here you will want to add the IP address of your server and the hostname (example:
  • Save and close your file. Now when you go to your domain on your computer it will resolve to the IP address you specified.


  • You will need to open a terminal which can be done through your utilities folder.


  • Edit your hosts file though a terminal
    Type in sudo vim /etc/hosts


  • You'll be prompted for a password, this is your user password to login to your computer.


  • Once you've successfully submitted your user password, you will need to press " I " to enter insert mode, you will know you are in "insert mode" as -- INSERT -- should appear at the bottom left corner.

Insert Mode.png

  • Add the IP address of your server and the hostname (eg.
  • Should look like this


  • Save and close your file
    To save your file, first press "Esc" to exit "insert mode" then you can enter  :wq
  • Run this in your terminal dscacheutil –flushcache


  • Now when you goto your domain on your computer it will resolve to the IP address you specified.
  • You can test this by running a "Ping" in your terminal and see your host is resolving to the specified ip address.