Saving you from yourself or specifying which index file to use with apache

As I said, I mistakenly uploaded a page of links that I use for the main administration across many sites to this domain. Unfortunately, the server preferred using the index.html to the index.php that serves up the USUAL home page. So, for about an hour after my slipup…. the main page for this site showed a page full of links to admin logins/stat monitors, google utilities, etc. etc. (At least I’m not dumb enough to have put in password information.) Anyway…. I thought, how should I protect myself from doing that again? .htaccess is the answer….

Apache has a number of configuration options and many can be specified or over-ridden from your .htaccess file in the folder you want to affect. In this case, here’s what I added….

DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

(Because I ALWAYS want the index.php to take priority over the index.html)….

Now, if only I can make that USB hand that slaps you everytime you do something stupid I’ll be all set. (Seriously, 5v USB power might be enough to use one of those “wavy” hands you used to see in the back of car windows give a spasmic swat towards the hand at the mouse button…. maybe use some sort of motion sensor? or tie it in with the message bus to trigger…. oh nevermind…)

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