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I've read that you can put php files outside of the document root of virtual hosts and that it can prevent people from accessing the .php files as well as prevent people from being able to download the php if the server messes up badly. Also seems like it may be easier than messing with a bunch of slow loading .htaccess files. So let's say my website's apache is setup like:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/sitehtml
</VirtualHost>

My /var/www/:

sitehtml/
sitephp/

Is it good practice to keep .php files outside of the sitehtml directory that is served up to visitors and try to keep them in the sitephp directory?

Are there any downsides to doing it this way compared to keeping everything in sitehtml?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Sven Jul 11 at 6:26

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  • Welcome to ServerFault. Your question is likely to be closed as the best practices change all the time. What is considered as a good practice today may not be true after a few months or years. That said, it is normal to keep PHP files under sitehtml (that is mentioned in OP). – Pothi Kalimuthu Jul 11 at 4:59