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How To Install Your Symfony App On A Shared Host To Your Root Domain With No vhost.conf Access

If you upload your new symfony site to a shared host, and put all of symfony's files into your ~/public_html/ directory, the symfony application is served up with a "/web" at the end. There are a few ways to serve your site up at the root of the domain without having all of your symfony files stored in public_html. Here is one way you can to get around this issue without reinstalling symfony and without access to your vhost.conf or httpd.conf file.

1. Copy all the symfony files from ~/public_html over to a new ~/symfony directory:

cp ~/public_html/* ~/symfony

2. Move the ~/public_html directory to a backup:

cp ~/public_html ~/public_html.bkp

3. Create a new symlink that points ~/public_html to symfony's web directory

ln -s ~/symfony/web/ ~/public_html

4. Now, for some reason the .htaccess file from the old public_html folder didn't get copied. So, make sure copied it over to ~/symfony/web/:

cp ~/public_html.bkp/.htaccess ~/public_html
# note the new public_html folder actually points to ~/symfony/web

5. Finally edit the .htaccess file in the ~/symfony/web folder so that all requests are directed to just "index.php" file rather than "web/index.php" like it used to be:

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php [QSA,L]
#RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /web/index.php [QSA,L]

6. One last thing... Make sure to change permissions on the cache and log folders:

chmod 777 -R ~/symfony/log ~/symfony/cache

How to host multiple projects under subdomains

I generally will upload my symfony projects to a staging area while I am working on them so I can show clients progress. The process is really easy once you get used to it, and it requires ssh access.

Goal: host multiple symfony projects under different subdomains on the same hosting account.

1. Create the subdomain using your web host's control panel. If I set up the subdomain "", it will generally point to a new directory in my public_html folder with the same name (app1).

2. Upload symfony project to my root directory (NOT public_html, but the level above that). In this example the path is:


3. Now, I need to point the folder created by the subdomain in step 1 to my new project's web folder uploaded in step 2:

# cd ~/public_html
# rm -rf app1                //remove the original directory created by subdomain
# ln -s /home/[myusername]/app1/web app1   //make a symlink to my projects web directory

4. You're done!