How to develop website without pointing the domain over to new hosting account

If you run Windows (any version)

go Start Menu -> Run then type in the command:

notepad C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

you will see something like this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost

get the Maiahost Account Information email. Near the bottom of the email you will find something like:
======================================================
FTP Instructions:
======================================================

You can begin uploading your files immediately using:

Host: 209.50.243.146
Port: 21

The FTP Host address is the Shared IP Address number for your account. Copy that ip (on the example it is 209.50.243.146) and then add a the following two lines where the domain name is your actual domain name not maiahost.com as we have it in the example:

209.50.243.146 maiahost.com
209.50.243.146 www.maiahost.com

That’s it You should be able to access it now!

The Maiahost Support Team.