An issue i constantly run in to, so I'd like to share my knowledge with you.
So if you have configured you're Apache (in my case OSX 10.8) and try to set up local domains by adding entries to your
or wherever you may have stored it, and by redirecting by changing the
file, you might have noticed that Chrome doesn't give a damn, and will search for you something like "myseriousbusiness.dev".
To prevent Chrome from going directly to the Google-Page, all you have to do is add two more entries to the hosts file.
For Example, if you have set up a Virtual Host named
go to your hosts file and instead of just using 127.0.0.1, paste the following
Magic! Hope this helps at least a few. Happy Coding!
Oh and hey, if you ever lose localhost somewhere along the way, try that in your hosts