How to remove index.html from the homepage in Adobe Muse

John R Perry
December 26, 2016

When you publish your website in Adobe Muse, Muse sets it's homepage URL to the index.html version. Since the version without index.html is cleaner, more consistent, and is easier to remember, you might want to make sure that the clean version is the only version that will appear.

The code

Add this to the beginning of your .htaccess file (it might already be there):

RewriteEngine on

Once the code has been added, add the code below to remove index.html:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(.*/)index\.html$ [NC]
RewriteRule . %1 [R=301,NE,L]
Tip — Only use this code if your website is fluid (meaning there are not alternate versions to your website). Here's why.

This code should be placed before any 301 redirects, but after your http(s) and www (or non-www) redirect. None of the text above is a placeholder — in other words, don't change anything about the text.

What to change in Adobe Muse

Once the code has been added to your .htaccess file, you'll want to make sure that your website has the correct canonical tag. If you are using any of the essential widgets, open the Version enable .

Set the canonical tag for the homepage with Essential widgets

Tip — The Essential widgets were recently updated so make sure that you download an updated version of the widget you are using. For Google Rich Card Essential widgets, check your email for the update that was sent out.

Why this shouldn't be done on adaptive websites

Currently, (Adobe Muse CC (2017)) automatically generates canonical tags for adaptive websites that will point to the homepage with index.html. That means that if you use the above redirect, the page will redirect correctly, but your website's code will tell search engines that your homepage is a page that cannot be accessed anymore. This means that Google will either not index your home page or, it will begin to not trust the reliability of your canonical tags.

John R Perry
December 26, 2016