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Why are there two directories for our HTML files?

Category: File Management

Maria Magdalena
2011-10-28 11:22 pm EST

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My apologies as this is probably a very dumb question. Why are there two directories for our HTML files? There is a directory called "public_html" and one called "www" and it seems that you can use either one. I going to guess that the answer is just, "Because we thought it would be easier for you." I apologize but it is bothering me. (Is this what is called an alias?)

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Tim S
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2011-10-31 6:35 am EST
Hi Maria,

Thanks for asking your question. I'm more than happy to help you today. You actual document root is the public_html directory. The "www" directory is merely there as an alias and displays the contents of the public_html folder. You'll notice if you put something in the public_html folder it will then display in the www folder as well.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you need further assistance or have any more questions.


Tim S

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