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Can I Point My Primary Domain To A Sub-folder

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It is possible to point your primary domain to a sub-folder within public_html rather than public_html itself. While WestHost Support cannot make this change for you, here is some information that should allow you to do so yourself.

To set up your main domain to use a sub-folder on your hosting account, you will need to set up a redirect in the .htaccess file in the public_html folder. This is so the server knows that any request for your main domain will be redirected to a sub-folder on public_html. Visitors to your website will not be able to tell that your main domain is using a sub-folder. They will see the website address as You can add the following code to your .htaccess file:

# .htaccess main domain to subfolder redirect
# Copy and paste the following code into the .htaccess file
# in the public_html folder of your hosting account
# make the changes to the file according to the instructions.
# Do not change this line.
RewriteEngine on
# Change to be your main domain.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
# Change 'subfolder' to the folder you will use for your main domain.
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/subfolder/
# Don't change this line.
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
# Change 'subfolder' to the folder you will use for your main domain.
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /subfolder/$1
# Change to be your main domain again.
# Change 'subfolder' to be the folder you will use for your main domain
# followed by / then the main file for your site, index.php, index.html, etc.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ subfolder/index.php [L]

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