Updating your website home page

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When your web browser requests a URL which points to a directory structure instead of an actual web page within the directory, the web server will display a general page, which is often referred to as an "index" page. When accessing your website address, the index page is the home page of the website.

index.html is the traditional filename for such a page, but most modern HTTP servers offer a configurable list of filenames that the server can use as an index. If a server is configured to support server-side scripting, the list will usually include entries allowing dynamic content to be used as the index page (e.g. index.php, index.shtml, default.asp).

If the server is unable to find a file with any of the names listed in its configuration, it will either return an error (generally 404 Not Found) or generate its own index page listing the files in the directory. It might also return a 403 Index Listing Forbidden. 

My website displays a Parked Domain notice, why is this happening?

This means that you have not replaced the existing index.html file on the server. The default index.html that we supply for your website contains a notice informing visitors that the domain is parked on Netregistry servers.

Simply delete this page via FTP to ensure your own index page is loading.

Ensure that your own home page file name is called "index" with it's appropriate file extension. e.g. "index.php" in written in PHP programming language.

I've uploaded my index page but the images are missing!

If your page includes images, you need to upload them to the server in the same file structure as it currently exists on your computer. 

How do I upload pages?

Please read our article on Uploading and Downloading files using FTP

Can I manage what index files are in use by the Web server?

Yes, we offer a way of managing your Directory Index files, as well as managing your Directory listing

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