If you wish to access your domain before your DNS has been updated you can update your local ‘hosts file’ which will allow your computer to view your new site. Follow the appropriate instructions below replacing <yourdomain> with the name you used for your new site (e.g. mydomain.com)


  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type ‘sudo nano /private/etc/hosts’
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+V to take you to the end of the file
  4. Enter the text ‘ <yourdomain>’
  5. Press Ctrl+x to exit
  6. Press y to save

Alternatively you can download the Hosts preference pane helper from here: https://github.com/specialunderwear/Hosts.prefpane/downloads


  1. Click “Start” button
  2. Click “All Programs”
  3. Click “Accessories”
  4. Right-click on Notepad and then click Run as administrator.
  5. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type your password, or click Allow/Yes.
  6. Open the Hosts file. Discover the location for your version of windows here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_(file)#Location_in_the_file_system)
  7. Enter the text ‘ <yourdomain>’
  8. Click Save on the Edit menu. (If using Windows 7, you will need to click Save on the File menu.)