ID #147

How can I show a default page other than index.html?

Applies to: Grid System

The DirectoryIndex directive controls what page will be shown when a client asks for a directory in their browser.

By default, the DirectoryIndex in your Grid account is set to:

DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm default.htm index.php index.php3 index.phtml index.php5 index.shtml mwindex.phtml

Apache will look for each of the above files, in order, and serve the first one it finds when a visitor requests just a directory. If the webserver finds no files in the current directory that match names in the DirectoryIndex directive, then a directory listing will be displayed to the browser, showing all files in the current directory. If you don't want that to happen, see this FAQ on the -Indexes option.

If you want to change your own DirectoryIndex to either add a different filename, shorten the list, or change the order of the list, just create a file named .htaccess in the directory where you want this behavior to occur. Inside the .htaccess file, put a single line beginning with DirectoryIndex followed by the list of filenames that you want Apache to serve first when a directory has been requested.  For example:

DirectoryIndex index.phtml start.html

The above directive must be all on a single line in the .htaccess file.

If you capitalize or change the case of any of your filenames, then they won't match if they are not capitalized the same way in the DirectoryIndex directive. "INDEX.HTML" is not the same as "index.html"

If you have capitalized any of the filenames of your webpages, then you either need to rename them all lowercase, or you should create your own custom DirectoryIndex directive as described above, using whatever filename capitalization you want.

If you have other questions about DirectoryIndex, the Apache Documentation is the authoratative source of information.

Last update: 2011-12-12 16:33
Author: FAQ Admin
Revision: 1.4

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