Sam Brown

Sidepath Launched and How to use it at the top-level

SidepathLast Thursday I successfully launched Sidepath, a side project of mine. It was a long time in the making as I had been very busy in the many months before the launch with my main projects.

Sidepath is a simple user interface for easily adding .htaccess redirects to a folder on your domain enabling you to give out simple addresses to complex URLs.

I have received a steady stream of purchases of the first version and am very pleased with how things are progressing. I did receive a question today which hadn’t crop up before, not even in the beta testing: Can I run sidepath from a top-level domain/subdomain? from Jon at Scripting Off.

Can I run sidepath from a top-level domain/subdomain?

The short answer is yes. Here is how:

  • Upload the Sidepath files into the top-level domain/subdomain
  • Edit the config files $url variable (eg
  • Leave the $folder variable blank (eg “”;)
  • Create a blank file in the top-level called .htaccess
  • CHMOD the .htaccess file World Writeable, 777

That is all you need to do, no other changes need to be made.

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.