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What file displays when someone browses to my domain name?

Date Submitted: 3-27-2014

When a visitor types your domain name in to their browser they are automatically directed to your website's default file. For example, to go to Yahoo!, you type yahoo.com. It doesn't show up in your browser, but you're actually looking at the index.html page. Try it yourself, type yahoo.com/index.html in your browser.

You might have guessed, index.html file is a default file. If it's the only default file in the root directory, it automatically displays when someone goes to your domain name.

If you have more than one default file in a directory, the server decides which one takes priority, and then displays that file. Understanding the order the files are served is key to making sure the correct page displays on your website.

Valid default file names depend on which type of hosting account you have. For more information, see What type of hosting account do I have?

Web & Classic - Windows

  1. default.asp
  2. default.html
  3. default.htm
  4. default.aspx
  5. default.php
  6. default.shtm
  7. index.html
  8. index.htm
  9. index.asp
  10. index.php
  11. index.shtml
  12. index.shtm
  13. home.html
  14. home.htm
  15. home.shtml
  16. home.shtm
  17. welcome.html
  18. welcome.asp

NOTE: PHP is not supported on IIS6 shared hosting account.

Web & Classic - Linux

  1. default.html
  2. default.htm
  3. default.asp
  4. index.php
  5. index.html
  6. index.shtml
  7. index.htm
  8. home.html
  9. home.htm
  10. welcome.html
  11. welcome.htm

NOTE: Linux hosting file structures are case sensitive.

cPanel

  1. index.html.var
  2. index.htm
  3. index.html
  4. index.shtml
  5. index.xhtml
  6. index.wml
  7. index.perl
  8. index.pl
  9. index.plx
  10. index.ppl
  11. index.cgi
  12. index.jsp
  13. index.js
  14. index.jp
  15. index.php4
  16. index.php3
  17. index.php
  18. index.phtml
  19. default.htm
  20. default.html
  21. home.htm
  22. index.php5
  23. Default.html
  24. Default.htm
  25. home.html

NOTE: cPanel hosting file structure is case sensitive because it uses Linux.

Plesk

  1. Index.html
  2. Index.htm
  3. Index.cfm
  4. Index.shtml
  5. Index.shtm
  6. Index.stm
  7. Index.php
  8. Index.php3
  9. Index.asp
  10. Index.aspx
  11. Default.htm
  12. Default.asp
  13. Default.aspx
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