How to Set the Start Page in Microsoft IIS

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It’s important to set your start page when using Microsoft IIS. This ensures your website visitors have the right homepage. IIS, or Internet Information Services, allows users to host their own website or test web projects on their local host. IIS already has several possible start pages as a default. You can name your site’s start page by one of these names or change the start page in IIS’s settings.

  • Go to Control Panel, then Administrative Tools and then IIS.

  • Right-click "Default Website" or the name of the directory in which your site’s information resides.

  • Click "Properties" and go to the Documents tab.

  • Add the desired start page or move one of the default pages to the top of the list. Your page must be at the top of the list to be the start page.

  • Click "Apply" and then "OK."

  • Test your site to see if the correct page displays. If not, be sure you typed the start page name correctly in the format pagename.extension. For example, one of the default pages is index.aspx.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use one of the default pages or one of your own as long as it’s at the top of the list.
  • Be sure you set your start page in the correct directory. Many users stick with the Default Website directory, but if you have multiple sites, you will have multiple directories.
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