A Host file will allow your local machine to browse the sites as if they were already repointed. I would recommend using a different browser or a private browsing window as content caching can give inaccurate results.
To perform a host file edit:
1. Press the Windows key.
2. Type Notepad in the search field.
3. In the search results, right-click Notepad and select Run as administrator.
4. From Notepad, open the following file: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts.
5. Add the IP of the new server followed by a space and the domain name / subdomain
6. Click File > Save to save your changes.
You can then browse your site to test it. Once you have tested the site, remove the lines from your host file and save it.
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Testing your site using a hosts file edit on Mac OS
To edit your hosts file on your Mac computer. Open the Mac's Terminal.You may either type...