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how to post static files alongside wordpress installation that uses the same domain as the wordpress site

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i am running a wordpress instance on lightsail with static ip and am pointing my domain earthjay.com to this. the wordpress works. i want to be able to sftp upload files to a static directory that has the same domain. my wordpress has thousands of existing url links to files in a directory earthjay.com/earthquakes (and subsidiary directories, e.g., earthjay.com/earthquakes/20220914_norcal). i learned that i cannot create a directory 'earthquakes' within htdocs. i created a directory in htdocs, but when i enter that url earthjay.com/earthquakes, the browser just shows my wordpress site. can i use sftp to create a subdirectory in my lightsail space or do i need to create a separate instance where i can place these files. files i want to post include jpg/pngs, pdfs, and other files (e.g., *.docx, .xlsx, .zip, etc.). do i use a "bucket?" the key thing is that wherever i place these files, they need to have the ability to be found at e.g., earthjay.com/earthquakes/. thanks in advance for your kind assistance.

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Hello,

To view the static content in a directory at earthjay.com/earthquakes , you can create a directory 'earthquakes' in the APPNAME folder.

For example, consider an Amazon Lightsail instance with WordPress blueprint, having domain name 'domain-name.tld' configured for its static IP. By default, Application files are stored in the /opt/bitnami/APPNAME/ directory. The configuration file for the Apache Web server is stored in the /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/ directory. Here, APPNAME will be 'wordpress' as this is Lightsail instance of WordPress blueprint.

Suppose you want to make a directory 'test' containing static content that should be accessible at 'domain-name.tld/test', you should create the directory at /opt/bitnami/wordpress/test location. You can create a 'index.html' file in /opt/bitnami/wordpress/test directory, and that page will be accessible at 'domain-name.tld/test' URL.

You can understand more about the default directory structure here - https://docs.bitnami.com/aws/faq/get-started/understand-directory-structure/

If the suggestions above do not help resolve the issue, we might need to troubleshoot based on your configurations. Could you please create a support case instead so we may discuss details on your resource configurations?

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As always, feel free to reach back with any further questions or concerns in the meantime!

answered 16 days ago
  • omg. thank you!!! i will try that tonight after work. i have been struggling about this. i will follow up when it works! thank you!!!

  • YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! it worked! thank you so very much for helping me. i have spent several days trying to figure this out. and, this is just my hobby, an education and outreach program at earthjay.com. now i can upload all the files so that my wordpress posts point to without needing to edit the links (i migrated my wordpress install from a different hosting company when they deleted all my files without any warning). thank you again, be well!

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