Spring Cleaning (What is var/www/html)?

I’m just doing some premature Spring cleaning, and wanted to know what the var/www/html folder was for, and if I could delete it. My websites are currently located at var/www/site-name, and that html folder is just sitting there with them, containing an index.hmtl, and info.php files. I’m fairly certain it’s just a default file from setup, but I wanted to be sure.

For the sake of education, let me know what created it (if not me, when I first started), and if I can remove it - thanks!

Using a LEMP stack.

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This question was answered by @IMsupporting:

/var/www/html is the “default” directory things like Apache use as a webserver root.

If you have nothing in it, then its normally safe to drop as you serve sites from a different folder.

in all honesty, for simplicity what I tend to do is: Create a /var/www/html/index.php file ( The only file in that folder )

And then place this in it…

<?php header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”); header(“Location:”); ?>

This way if for whatever odd reason someone or something ends up being fed or relying on that directory existing, its redirected to one of my websites.

Hope this helps.

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