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Change a directory's default directory page to a page you specify.

A directory's default page is usually index.html, index.htm, or index.php. Therefore, when a visitors goes to they are automatically redirected to

With .htaccess the default directory page can be changed.

Open your .htaccess file or create a new one. (Please see the .htaccess tutorial to learn how to make one.) Add the following to the next available line. (You can change filename.html to any page you'd like to use.)

DirectoryIndex filename.html

(The above code would cause filename.html to be the default page of your site, so would not go to index.html, but to filename.html)

Finally, save the .htaccess file and upload it to the directory you would like to affect. Remember that it will affect all sub folders.



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