FP: How to Use a Document Other Than Index.htm as Default Page

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This article describes how to use a page other than Index.htm as the default page when a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is given without a page specification.


If a specific URL is not given, the FrontPage Personal Web Server loads the Index.htm page. For example, if the URL, "example.microsoft.com" is received, it loads example.microsoft.com/index.htm by default.

To change this designation, follow these steps:

  1. Using a text editor, such as Notepad, open the Srm.cnf file in the FrontPage Webs\Server\Conf folder.
  2. Insert a line that specifies what you want the default page to be. For example if you want your default page to be Index.html, insert a line that looks like this:
          DirectoryIndex index.html
  3. Save and close the Srm.cnf file.
  4. Stop and restart the Personal Web Server.
The next time this Web is browsed "Index.html" will be loaded.

If this page is not located in the Web, a text directory that contains hyperlinks to all existing pages will be loaded instead.

Note that changing the extensions designation from .htm to .html in the Srm.cnf file works for the default page (index.htm to index.html); however, any additional pages in the Web will not have their extension designation changed (for example, mypage.htm remains as mypage.htm).


Article ID: 150681 - Last Review: September 30, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
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