Most people do not realize that Internet servers can only be addressed via IP addresses.
However it would be impossible to remember that the IP Address for Joe’s Pizza is 201.983.756.4, so the Domain Name System was created.
Click Save, this will save "hosts.zip" to your Desktop.
From your Desktop right-click (hosts.zip) and select: Extract All from the menu.
There are times when you may wish to test a web site you have designed before the actual domain name’s DNS (Domain Name System) entry is updated.
Once you have found your new IP address, you will need to add two entries to your hosts file.
Host names are the web site addresses you see every day: www,joespizza.com, and so on.
We used these “words” like humans don’t need to remember the long IP address numbers when they want to visit a web site.
These two lines will contain both the IP address to which you want the site to resolve and your domain name.
It is best to follow the format of any previous entries or examples for the order of the IP address and domain name.