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The tech support of the host tells me to use meta refresh. I'm quite sure that search engine robots don't like that at all these days. How 'bout htaccess redirects? Do they have any impact on search engines? (I don't know the tech aspects of htaccess - but when you look at a htaccess redirected page, you have no way of knowing you've been redirected, right?)
> index.php isn't recognized as the home page.
You do not need a redirect.
In .htaccess, add :
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
If you use a server-internal redirect (not a 301 or 302), then search engines have no way of telling that you are serving file B in response to a request for file A.
Meta-Refreshes are a last resort for those who are stuck with cheap hosting accounts with no other way to redirect. I do not recommend them unless there is no other way.
the first one is ur absolute html path , plus the directory u want the index.php to be homepage in my case Cart
the second is the path for php.
Hope this helps