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Ensuring Your Website Will Load Correctly Before Updating Your Nameservers

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How Can I Ensure My Website Will Load Correctly Before Updating the DNS?

Transfer the necessary files you want to see to your new hosting account.  At this point, you can look at those files and how they function by adding your new hosting account’s IP address to your computers hosts file.  The host file location varies depending on your operating system (OS).


OS Host File Location
Windows (8, 7, XP, etc.) C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts
Macintosh OS X /etc/hosts
Linux /etc/hosts


Use the following format to add an entry for the hosting account:


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



For example:



If you’d like to add the www version place it on the same line as shown:

How you identify your IP address varies depending on which type of web hosting account you have with Hostwinds.