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index.php vs index.html Apache/Wordpress redirect issue

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I have a Wordpress site running live next to an old site. Wordpress has index.php as home and the old static site index.html. In .htaccess I have
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

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. But somehow Wordpress replaces site/index.php by site and I am redirected to index.html. Does anyone with Wordpress 3.0.1 and or Apache 2 knowledge know how this is caused and how I can remedy this so I can see Wordpress's homepage as well as the old homepage?
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by:Dzynit
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It's because your hosting server chooses the .html first. The simplest solution is to just rename your index.html file so that the wordpress index.php will have precedence. This way you can type in the name you renamed it to and still be able to see it.
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Peopl still need to be able to visit and find the old site @ index.html until the WP site is up and running so renaming would not be the right solution unless I could work with some kind of redirect..
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by:regality
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You need to change your httpd.conf so that index.php has precedence. If someone navigates to index.html they will still find it, but if they specify a directory such as / they will go to index.php

Find the line in your httpd.conf (usually either in /usr/local/apache2/conf/ or /etc/apache2/ for linux) that looks something like this:

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

and change it so that index.php comes first:

DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

Restart your web server and the changes will take effect.Then they go to the php version unless they specify index.html.
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Which do you actually want the visitors to see when they first get there right now? The .html or the wordpress?

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@ Dznynit Visitors should see index.html
@ regality is is a site on a shared host with no httpd.conf access.
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Any ideas Dzynit?
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I think what I did the last time this came up for me and I couldn't do the development part in a sub-directory then move to root was:

Set the wordpress home page in the settings. Then in the page, I used a javscript redirect to index.html.

From there, I just had to bookmark another wordpress page to go in to see the blog area instead of just the root url.

Let me know if that works.
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