Sometimes you want to move a website to a new server and test it before pointing the record to the new server and the new site. The following steps will tell you computers browsers to look at the new server while the rest of the world will still view the old one. Yay!
sudo nano /etc/hosts
enter you password and hit enter. (you won’t see the password being typed)
use the arrow keys to go down to the next available line and enter your ip and url you want to view.
## WP Munchies Site xxx.xx.xx.xxx www.wpmunchies.com xxx.xx.xx.xxx wpmunchies.com xxx.xx.xx.xxx http://www.wpmunchies.com xxx.xx.xx.xxx https://wpmunchies.com
(obviously the x’s will be replaced with the ip you will be pointing to.)
Hit Control+O to write out. Hit Enter. A report will write, and you can hit Control+X to exit the nano report.
If your changes don’t take immediate affect, you can do the prompt:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder