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 Post subject: How to: Change the page that loads by default
PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:36 am 
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When someone opens your website the server automatically opens the "index" page - this is the default page. The server searches for an index page (and opens it) in the following order:

This means that if there are all of the 3 files mentioned above, the server will open index.php. If there is no index.php the server will open index.html; if there is no index.html, the server will open index.htm and if there is no index.htm either the server will be display the directory index (list of the files in the folder).

So let's say you have index.php and index.html but you want index.html to load when someone opens the site and not index.php. How do you do this?
You use .htaccess. Add the following line to your .htaccess file (if you don't have one, create one):

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

This will make the server try to open index.html first and if there is no such file, it will try to open index.php.

And what if you want the server to try to open the file warning.php first if there is no such file, you want it to try to open news.html? You use the following code:

DirectoryIndex warning.php news.html

Note that the DirectoryIndex directive works only with files which are in the same folder as the .htaccess file!

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