Stage 4: Configure etc/hosts (Optional)
If you are happy to access your local copy of WordPress via http://localhost, then you can ignore this stage.
If you develop websites, RIAs, or simply plan to run a number of web-based utilities off your machine, then you have a problem: only one can exist on localhost:80. The easiest solution to this is to add entries to your etc/hosts file and to configure IIS to filter on hostnames.
I am going to assume you wish to access your WordPress instance from http://mywordpress. Replace it with a local name of your choice.
- edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
- add an entry: 127.0.0.1 mywordpress
And you are done with this optional step.