Daniel replied On 5/2/2009 7:07 PM

DoctorBill wrote:
What is the difference between whatever.com vs whatever.com/ when you type them into the Location bar?

Is one faster than the other or difference in where it goes...?

Just curious.

DoctorBill

DoctorBill, part of your answer may be that when you put whatever.com into your location bar, SeaMonkey actually goes looking for a file called index.html (which is the file, as I understand it, that sets out the layout of the page) at whatever.com, whereas if you entered whatever.com/, it would go looking for an index.html at a sub-level of the main site.

How about comparing it to putting a letter in the mail box of a building/street address (1596 First St), compared to putting it in the mail box of a company on a floor of the building (10th Fl, 1596 First St).

Something like that.

Daniel

Daniel,

This is a real good explanation of the question about the different formats for the URL.

In either case SeaMonkey and other web browsers will look for the default home page file which can have the following extensions: index .htm, .html, .shtml.

In the case without the "/" and on an Apache web server if the configuration file contains an instruction to not index the directory, if the index.html file is not found the server will return either a Forbidden error, or Page Not Found.

In the case with the "/" the web browser will drill down the list of directories until it finds an index file, if none is found return a Page Not Found error.

How about comparing it to putting a letter in the mail box of a
building/street address (Mr John Adams,1596 First St), compared to putting it in the mail box of a company on a floor of the building (Mr John Adams,10th Fl, Suite 101, 1596 First St).

Michael

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