I have a mutliple magento site on a Shared Server. I appeciate that this is not ideal at all to share site on a shared server as the resources are limited, however its working ok.

I have to have the .htaccess file in the route of my server, however my sites in in sub folders

Site1.com looks at TheServerRoute/Website/Website1/

Site2.com looks at TheServerRoute/Website/Website2/

This works perfectly, however if I want to throw a standard site on the same server, HTML or PHP (not magento) i get issues.

Basically i put the site at TheServerRoute/Website/Website3/

if i navigate to Site3.com i get nothing, 404 server error, if I navigate to Site3.com/index.html it will show the html page I made, equally if i go to Site3.com/index.php it will show the php page I made. I think this is related to my .htaccess folder rewriting things or something like that, so index files do not automatically show when navigating to a folder. Should the .htaccess that I have in my route, even be sat in my route? or should i have a file sat in the individual site routes (i.e. Website1 and Website2 folders) etc?

I am new to Linux and the use of .htacccess and somewhat lost...

I have tried - deleting the .htaccess files (clearly this messes up my magento access) - deleting the .htaccess and placing a copy inside the relevant magento folders

Now I am a stuck for methods. Perhaps my understanding on a .htaccess file is wrong...

Hopefully you guys can help, and we can provide a resource for people to look at, as googling this came up with nothing...

Look forward to some thought, questions, comments and suggestions :)

UPDATE I have narrowed it down to two areas in my .htaccess file. Either

## default index file
DirectoryIndex index.php
<IfModule mod_php5.c>

which i don't think is an issue, but

## rewrite everything else to index.php
RewriteRule .* index.php [L]

which i think is where the problem lies.

Is it possible to do a RewriteRule to html and then if this doesn't exist then try php?

Or am i just better off making a standard index.php file in each directory which redirects to the HTML version?

  • if you need any more information, feel free to ask, I could even provide a copy of the .htaccess file if you like, as there's nothing too sensitive in there. Thanks Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 10:15

2 Answers 2



I had

## default index file
DirectoryIndex index.php
<IfModule mod_php5.c>

However I needed to include .HTML before the .PHP

## default index file
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
<IfModule mod_php5.c>

This sets the priority of index.html before index.php so it will load .html if it exists, then .php if it doesn't...


I would think this is caused by where you .htaccess file is.

You should store you .htaccess file here


and then you should'nt have issues.

  • this .htaccess file is for the magento store rules, which are at TheServerRoute/Website/Website2/ but if I put the .htaccess file here, then my site doesnt work at all... or atleast the back end doesnt Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 10:47
  • could this be an issue with not having a reqwrite base in it? do i need to change #RewriteBase / to RewriteBase /Website/Website2/ Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 10:48
  • why are you not using httpd.conf file in the apache conf folder? This would be the correct place to set up virtual servers
    – Toby Allen
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 13:06
  • Correction @Toby Allen, its a Shared server not a VPS, I have corrected my original post to reflect this, sorry for the confusion. My mistake Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 13:44

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