Editing your computers hosts file is quick, easy, and allows you to force your computer to see your website the server of your choice using the normal URL. You override your local DNS by doing this. This is a much cleaner and reliable way of previewing your site then using a sub-domain or temporary URL, especially for a CMS that will partially or even completely break if it does not get the URL it expects. Windows 8 And 10 Open notepad as an administrator: Windows 8 And 10 Edit Hosts File1 by Chuck posted Nov 22, 2017 at 9:15 PM In Notepad got to File > Open. At bottom right Text Documents (*.txt) is selected by default, change that to All Files. Now navigate to your hosts file and open it: Windows Path To Hosts File by Chuck posted Nov 22, 2017 at 9:20 PM You will need your server IP for the next part which you can find inside your cPanel > right menu > Server Information. You will want to add typically a line for yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com, of course replacing yourdomain.com with your domain. Also replace 127.0.0.1 with the server IP. It should look something like: Windows 8 And 10 Edit Hosts File Sample by Chuck posted Nov 22, 2017 at 9:32 PM Once you save this open a fresh browser window and go to your site, you should be viewing it on the Kickassd servers. Verifying Your Sites Server This is quick and easy to do with your browser. Right click on your website page > Inspect Element > Network. Note: This example is from Chrome, Firefox is very close to the same. Verify Website Server by Chuck posted Nov 24, 2017 at 9:50 PM Now press F5 to refresh the page and you will see a bunch of items listed, click the first one in the list then click Headers. Inspect Element Remote Address by Chuck posted Nov 24, 2017 at 10:02 PM The remote address should be your Kickassd server IP. Editing Hosts File On Mac And Linux This is much simpler Code: sudo nano /etc/hosts The lines to add will be in the same format as in the above screenshot for the Windows part of the guide. Verify your server is also the same as above.