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What file displays when someone browses to my domain name?

Date Submitted: 12/6/14

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. index.php
  4. index.html
  5. index.shtml
  6. index.htm
  7. home.html
  8. home.htm
  9. welcome.html
  10. 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.js
  13. index.jp
  14. index.php4
  15. index.php3
  16. index.php
  17. index.phtml
  18. default.htm
  19. default.html
  20. home.htm
  21. index.php5
  22. Default.html
  23. Default.htm
  24. home.html

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

Plesk

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