Unable to create a new Local website with a brand new Local (6.4.3) installation

Issue Summary

I am getting " Warning! Missing hosts entry. This site may be inaccessible. Fix it option does not correct it.

I checked the hosts file and it has all the modify permission enabled The hosts file is at: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

Question 1: What is the hosts entry? and can I add that manually?
Question 2: Is there a paid version of Local that will give us better support? I am yet to create the site, and I have been trying to get this going for some time.

We are currently using Desktop Server and they are no longer in business. This is a bit critical.

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular?
    N/A. I am unable to create my first site.
  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser?


Describe the steps that others can take to replicate this issue. If you have screenshots that can help clarify what is happening, please include them!

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used?

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used?

    • For example: macOS Catalina or Windows 10 Professional
      Windows 8.1
  • Attach the Local Log. See this Help Doc for instructions on how to do so:

Security Reminder

Local does a pretty good job of scrubbing private info from the logs and the errors it produces, however there’s always the possibility that something private can come through. Because these are public forums, always review the screenshots you are sharing to make sure there isn’t private info like passwords being displayed.

Hi @Ashok

Local is a popular and free product so we do not offer any paid priority support but we and the Local Community are always happy to chip in. You can also look through our help docs as well.

Because you are on Windows, and an older version of Local, I would advise taking the following steps:

  • Export any sites that you have on Local and save them to a folder somewhere on your computer.

  • Fully uninstall Local from your computer.

  • Install the latest version of Local on this link.

  • Once installed, please restart the computer.

  • When the computer is restarted and turned on, close any applications that automatically run in the background (AntiVirus, Firewall, and other Developer applications included). This is an important step as often on Windows there are background security features that could be blocking Local.

  • Check and see if the issue still persists. If so, please provide us with an updated log. Retrieving Local’s Log File

Keep us posted and we’d be happy to help further!

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