Where do I change the server default page?

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  • Applies to: All DV
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: SSH, root access, vi knowledge


This article provides the path if you would like to change the default pages that Plesk serves before any files are copied to a newly added domain's folders.


Before you start, this article has the following dependencies:

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File locations

Default placeholders

Default placeholder (index.html) page is taken from the default skeleton. You can find it in directory /var/www/vhosts/.skel/0/httpdocs/.

The default placeholder page for secure documents is localed in directory /var/www/vhosts/.skel/0/httpsdocs/.

Just replace the images and index.html with your own default files. All new domains added to Plesk will use these new files as their default site content.

You may safely replace file index.html. Please remember to fix the file permissions. You may do that with commands chown, chmod:

~# chown root:root /var/www/vhosts/.skel/0/httpdocs/index.html
~# chmod 644 /var/www/vhosts/.skel/0/httpdocs/index.html

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