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Moving from /silverstripe to /root

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Community Member, 12 Posts

29 January 2010 at 11:29am

We have our very first SilverStripe site, installed and pretty much ready to go live.

We decided we want everything at the root level in order to make nicer URLs -- vs.

Can we just take the contents of the /silverstripe/ directory and pop them up to root? What files will we need to change? Will it mess up our access to other directories that live at root?

I couldn't find definite information elsewhere, and all the installation instructions specified using /silverstripe/ as the
installation directory.

Thanks in advance.


Community Member, 178 Posts

29 January 2010 at 1:28pm

Edited: 29/01/2010 1:29pm

Did you end up find an answer to this?

I am having trouble deploying my site to root, while I have a number of other scripts in folders eg: /forum
currently I get:

Website Error
There has been an error

The website server has not been able to respond to your request.

however I have the other scripts working fine.??
Currently I'm not sure that ss is even connecting to my database (I investigated this issue: but is does not seem to be the answer since my table names are lowercase on both machines. local and dev)


Community Member, 45 Posts

29 January 2010 at 6:08pm

Hi ewilliams,

The control for how silverstripe is presented is managed via the .htaccess.

There is a line in the .htaccess that reads;

RewriteBase /silverstripe

This means that all requests that make it to main.php will be rewritten as

So basically, to be able to have Silverstripe answer on "/" you make the RewriteBase "/".

If you are sharing the webservers root folder with other things, you may need to put in a line to exclude certain paths from rewriting.

For example, if you have phpbb installed, you would put a line as follows, to exlude that directory from being included in the main rewrite rules;

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}!^/phpbb/

Hope that helps


This line will come before the first RewriteConf in the .htaccess.


Community Member, 12 Posts

9 February 2010 at 8:25am

We decided to leave it where it is, and just redirect people who arrive at to

Seemed easier that way.

Thanks for the advice though.


Community Member, 1 Post

17 February 2010 at 11:08pm

Edited: 17/02/2010 11:09pm


I 've moved my site to the root folder. The site works fine, just I can't locked me in. If I try it, I redirected to the "Not Found" page.

Any ideas?