Frequently Asked Questions

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What canonical name settings are available?

How do I enable directory indexes for my site?

How do I create a website for the sole purpose of forwarding visitors to another website?

What should my site's canonical name be?

It's the name you plan to use when someone asks you for the address of your web site; the "official" name. This would typically be something like, and must be one of the aliases that is associated with your site (this can include the default alias ending in

Note that if you are running software on your site that lets you designate the official URL for the site (such as WordPress), you'll need to update that information before you set a hard canonical name that is different from the hostname you have configured for your site. (To continue with the WordPress example, the "blog URI" or "WordPress address (URL)" is the setting in question.) If you don't, you'll probably create a redirect loop and your site won't load anymore. Switch the canonical type back to "off" to let your site load and regain access to your software's administration area.

For more information on this subject, see this FAQ entry.

For more information on aliases, see this FAQ entry.

How do I change the text displayed for missing pages and other errors?

When should the rewrite log be used?

What path should I use for .htpasswd files?

How do I restrict which IP addresses can access my site?

What is a per-alias document root?

Can I set up more than one alias for my site?

How do I control redirection of HTTP visitors to HTTPS?

How do I make my site fast and scalable?

How do I change the server type my site uses?

What is a run script?