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Changing the document root for a primary domain name
Updated Thursday January 7th 2021 / Category Web Hosting

On our cPanel hosting services, the primary domain name’s directory will always be public_html/ and this cannot be changed in the Domains section of cPanel (like how you can change this for add-on domains and sub-domains).

However, you can add the following code to your site’s .htaccess file to nominate a different folder for your site to load from.

PLEASE NOTE: This method is for advanced users and is not recommended if you are not familiar with modifying your website’s .htaccess file.

# START Change Document Root
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yourdomaingoeshere.com$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.yourdomaingoeshere.com$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !nominatedfoldername/
RewriteRule (.*) /nominatedfoldername/$1 [L]
# END Change Document Root

In this example, change yourdomaingoeshere.com to your website’s domain name, and nominatedfoldername to your website’s nominated document root path.

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