the well-known folder in the file manager in cpanel was deleted, is that okay?

autocuan

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I'm still an amateur in the SEO field, and there is something I want to ask, maybe someone can answer it. I don't know what the well-known folder is for, and it was deleted by me by accident. is that an important thing?
 
that's an interesting question, I have that folder too in my websites, but I never knew what it's for...

I did a bit of googling and found this information, maybe it will help you figure out if you're screwed or not :D

The ".well-known" folder is a standardized directory in the root of a website or web application that contains static files used for web-related functionalities and is used to store files that provide information about the website's ownership, security policies, and other essential data that web applications may require. For example, it might contain files that specify the location of a website's SSL certificate (such is the case on my server), indicate its ownership for verification purposes, or provide configuration data for various third-party services that the site uses.

From what I'm understanding it's an important folder, so you should try to bring it back. If you had this folder on a newly installed website and you don't mind reinstalling the website it will probably recreate that folder automatically. Or, I think it could also be recreated if you install SSL on your website again (although I'm not sure about this)

Anyway, maybe someone can clue us both in on what the deal with this folder is as I've always wondered myself...
 
Are you using lets encrypt on any of your websites hosted on your cpanel? If so, this folder is needed, and without it, cpanel won't be able to auto renew lets encrypt certificates.

If you're not using lets encrypt, it won't make any difference.
 
that's an interesting question, I have that folder too in my websites, but I never knew what it's for...

I did a bit of googling and found this information, maybe it will help you figure out if you're screwed or not :D



From what I'm understanding it's an important folder, so you should try to bring it back. If you had this folder on a newly installed website and you don't mind reinstalling the website it will probably recreate that folder automatically. Or, I think it could also be recreated if you install SSL on your website again (although I'm not sure about this)

Anyway, maybe someone can clue us both in on what the deal with this folder is as I've always wondered myself...
:weep::weep::weep::D Even now I didn't know how important that folder was
 
Are you using lets encrypt on any of your websites hosted on your cpanel? If so, this folder is needed, and without it, cpanel won't be able to auto renew lets encrypt certificates.

If you're not using lets encrypt, it won't make any difference.
So this has something to do with SSL certificates?
 
So this has something to do with SSL certificates?

Yes, most cpanels have lets encrypt integrated, meaning you can have SSL certs without paying for them. The well known folder handles renewal of the SSL cert automatically (if using lets encrypt). So the question is - are you using lets encrypt on any of your cpanel hosted sites?
 
Yes, most cpanels have lets encrypt integrated, meaning you can have SSL certs without paying for them. The well known folder handles renewal of the SSL cert automatically (if using lets encrypt). So the question is - are you using lets encrypt on any of your cpanel hosted sites?
interesting... I didn't know this (although I did have a suspicion).

Thanks for letting us know, mate! I appreciate it :)
 
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