Still looking for help on this. JZM tried his best to help me...hats off to him!...but i still was not able to get things working right. For the time being, i changed my pre-existing index.htm file to re-direct to:
though this works for now, it's not "clean".
I thought that when we were done building our pages in Silverstripe and publishing them...a file could be changed to point all regular web addresses to the longer address shown above without the user seeing all the directory structures.