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How to publish Web sites with FTP

Examples of home page file names

The Web server will automatically direct people to your home page, but only if the file name is correct.

When someone types in a URL for a Web site (for example, http://www.example.com) the Web server should direct them to the home page automatically. However, the Web server is only able to do this if your home page file name is correct.

How do you know if the file name is correct? Ask your hosting company. Sometimes you'll just happen to have it named correctly from the get-go. But often you will need to rename it in FrontPage.

Most likely, the file name needs to be one of the following:

  • index.htm
  • index.html
  • default.htm
  • default.html

Caution    If you rename your home page file, make sure to use the right file extension (.htm or .html).

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