HTML documents on the Wide World Web are commonly transferred from server (WWW server) to requesting client (like Mosaic) by using HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). An WWW Document Server responds to an HTTP request (referred to as an URL) and serves the requested HTML document to the requesting client (usually Mosaic).
Note: If you are a new user and want to serve your HTML documents, read about UserDir
The current value of DocumentRoot is: /local/www
Example: If the URL request is for the following document: http://<www-host>.Stanford.EDU/html-docs/doc.html It will automatically be translated into: http://<www-host>.Stanford.EDU/local/www/html-docs/doc.htmlwhere <www-host> is the name of the WWW server.
The directory tree is write-protected and can only be updated by authorized users.
The current value of UserDir is: public_html
Example: The URL request is for document: http://<www-host>.Stanford.EDU/~user/doc.html It will automatically be served from: http://<www-host>.Stanford.EDU/~user/public_html/doc.htmlwhere <www-host> is the name of the WWW server.
The directory and directory path should have proper access specification to serve a HTML document to requests, see problem solving.