If you are developing website in Xampp, you can use custom domain instead of localhost or 127.0.0.1. You can make url like http://mydomain.local as an url for you local development.
I’m assuming you have website project directory in C:/xampp/htdocs/mywebsite. We want to use url http://mydomain.local. I like using .local TLD to differentiate it with actual internet url. Then, add this line in the bottom.
Edit hosts file
Open C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. You need Administrator Access to edit this file.
127.0.0.1 mywebsite.local 127.0.0.1 www.mywebsite.local
This file is located in C:\xampp\apache\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf. Add this code to the bottom.
<VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot C:/xampp/htdocs/ ServerName localhost </VirtualHost>
Then, add this code and adjust with your projects.
<VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/htdocs/mywebsite" ServerName mywebsite.local ServerAlias www.mywebsite.local <Directory "C:/xampp/htdocs/mywebsite"> AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
You are done. Start or restart your Apache server. Go to http://mywebsite.local to test it. If you have any problems, drop the comments below.