Opening INDEX.PHP files

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What is the .INDEX.PHP file type?

In the first place, it must be mentioned that in the vast majority of cases 'index.php' is not an extension but rather a complete filename ('index') with the .php extension. The .php extension itself definitively associates with PHP (PHP Hypertext Preprocessor), a powerful open-source server-side scripting language and platform widely used across the Web.

A .php file is a plaintext file that contains a PHP source code that, when processed on the server side, yields a dynamically generated HTML page to be served to a client. Thus, the 'index.php' file is a PHP-based homepage of a website or its directory, automatically processed and executed by the server every time the web site (or directory) is accessed.

PHP-enabled servers are configured to automatically process and execute any 'index.php' files located at the site's root directory or other directories (just like regular 'index.htm[l]' files).

On some rare occasions, however, PHP-enabled web servers can be misconfigured, which can result in either serving 'index.php' files as they are (without preprocessing), or misleadingly attaching '.index.php' as a double extension to other filenames.

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