How to modify your hosts file on a mac ?

STEP 1Open the Mac's Terminal.

You may either type Terminal on the Spotlight, or by going into Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.

STEP 2 Open the hosts file for editing.

In the terminal window you just opened copy/paste the command string below, and press return.

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

You'll be prompted to enter your Mac user's password. NOTE: you won't see the cursor move. This is normal, so press return when done.

STEP 3 Edit the hosts file by adding these two lines to the bottom of the file.

SERVER_IP_ADDRESS domain.com
SERVER_IP_ADDRESS www.domain.com

For example, it should look like:

1.2.3.4 domain.com
1.2.3.4 www.domain.com

Be sure to place domain.com with your actual domain name. If you're not sure which IP address to use, please contact our Support Department for further assistance.

STEP 4 Save your changes by pressing control-o on your keyboard then return to accept the filename. Exit the editor by pressing control-x. This takes you back to the terminal screen.

STEP 5You may need to flush your Mac's DNS cache, so copy/paste the below command string into terminal, and press return.

dscacheutil -flushcache

You may have to add sudo to this command, for example:
sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

This completes the hosts file modification, so you should now be able to see your site here with us using your domain in your browser's address bar.

When testing is complete you may undo these changes by repeating the steps above but removing the information entered in step

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