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Basics you should know about index.html

Nowadays, absolutely all URLs work perfectly well even without “index.html” (also index.htm, default.htm and so on). Both with and without index.html the result that the user sees in the browser window will be exactly the same.

So there is no need to make long URLs even more complicated remaining stuck to the idea that without index.html site homepage will not be displayed. Do not worry, everything will be okay. The server itself will find index.html in the directory and will show its content, even if the link does not include any index.html.

For many people there is no difference how many letters the link contains, but in fact in many cases the number of letters really matters.

After six months, for example, links with “index.html” will spread over the internet. Users will set bookmarks, webmasters of various resource directories will submit the site address in their database, search engine robots will index the pages, journalists will keep site URLs for their future articles.

What kind of changes will your site undergo within this time – no one knows. Maybe you will start using SSI, and all your pages will have to be renamed into *.shtml. Perhaps you will master the wonderful programming language PHP, and the administrator of your server will allow to use it only in the pages of *. php or *. phtml. Or maybe your site will be managed by another provider which has Microsoft Internet Information Server installed, and where the default page is not index.html, but default.asp.

In short, all the links that contain “index.html” will become non functional, whereas links without “index.html” in the URL will remain relevant. In general, the use of “index.html” in links brings no good, but a lot of troubles, so try to avoid it.


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