We are on a Linux server and it is my understanding that we have to have an index page or a directory listing will be displayed when the url for the domain is typed in the browser.
Our website,www.example.com and www.example.com/index.html show the same page, so if you type in www.example.com you get the same content as if you typed in www.example.com/index.html. I know this would trigger the dupe content filter in google,but I checked google with the site command and www.example.com/index.html does not appear to be in the index...www.example.com comes up first followed by the other site pages.
My question is this: Is having both going to hurt us in anyway? Is there a way to not have an index page on a linux server and still have www.example.com/ come up when the url is typed in? or is this nothing to worry about.
>> Is there a way to not have an index page on a linux server and still have www.example.com/ come up when the url is typed in?
if there wasn't an index page, how exactly would a page show when the domain name alone was typed in? (the domain name points to a folder not a file as such)
index.htm/.php/.html is generally the default page set by apache to show when the domain name is typed in (or indeed any sub-directory)... this can be changed to anything you like.
by convention it is called index, if you do not have a default index page set apache will display a directory listing - unless that feature is turned off too, which it can be and it is generally a good idea to do so.