Change root directory for the main domain?

lordfkiller

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Here's my situation:
  • I need a URL shortener
  • I like Polr best
  • Polr requires changing root directory to wherever_it_is_copied/public
  • I can't find a way to change the root directory for the main domain
  • My hosting plan doesn't allow add-on domains
So, do I have to forget about Polr or is there still light at the end of the tunnel?
 

NOC_Serverpoint

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Hello,

For changing the main/primary domain, you will need to have root SSH access and be able to locate and edit the following file (replacing your user & domain info):

/var/cpanel/userdata/USERNAME/DOMAIN.COM
1. Once you have opened the file, look for the following line:

documentroot: /home/USERNAME/public_html
2. Modify the location according to your needs. Save it and exit.

3. Rebuild the Apache conf and restart Apache:

/scripts/rebuildhttpdconf
service httpd restart
The change will be immediate. Simply clear your browser cache and force refresh the page!

Regards,
 

cPanelMichael

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Hello,

You will need to reach out to your hosting provider to have them manually update the document root for the primary domain name, using the instructions in the previous post. It's not possible to make this change without root access to the system.

Thank you.