For the most part, it’s pretty much the same as Windows XP and Vista, but with a few extra hiccups!
Just in case you don’t know, the HOSTS file is where you can manually enter a hostname and an IP address pair, thereby bypassing the DNS server.
Notepad is a basic text editing program that is already install on Windows.
To open the 'hosts' file with Notepad, follow the steps below: You can now view your site as it appears on your Dream Host server.
This article explains how to view your site before pointing your DNS to Dream Host by editing the 'hosts' file on your desktop or laptop computer (not a mobile device).
To test on a mobile device, or for another option on how to view your site at Dream Host before pointing DNS, view the following article: View the DNS article for details on how to view these records.
In this way you can view a site on your Dream Host server when the DNS is pointed to another company.
In order to edit it, you have to click on Start, type in Notepad and then right-click on Notepad and choose Run as Administrator.
Now navigate to the drivers/etc folder again and make sure to choose All files for File Types, otherwise you won’t see the HOSTS file.
It is used to map a domain name to a specific server.
If you edit it, you can change where your computer searches for a website.