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Directory index files on Unix and Windows servers
Posted by zz-James Moir on 27 June 2019 04:13 PM

This article lists the directory index files the web servers are configured to serve. A directory index file is the default page the server will display to the client when no page is defined in the URL.

You can have more than one index file in each directory; the server will decide which index file to display based on the order listed below.

Unix Shared Hosting Servers

Index files and order for Unix shared web hosting servers.

Case Sensitive Note

As with all files on Unix operating systems, the index files are case sensitive and must be all lower case.


Order Index File Name
1 at_domains_index.html
2 index.html
3 index.html.var
4 index.shtml
5 index.cfm
6 index.php
7 index.htm


Windows Shared Hosting Servers

Index files and order for Windows shared web hosting servers.

Order Index File Name
1 at_domains_index.html
2 index.html
3 index.htm
4 index.cfm
5 index.shtml
6 index.shtm
7 index.stm
8 index.php
9 index.php3
10 index.asp
11 index.aspx
12 default.htm
13 default.asp
14 default.aspx