Static websites using CDN-enabled containers#
This section describes how to use your CDN-enabled containers to create static websites in Cloud Files.
Create a static website#
You can use your Cloud Files account to create a static website. First,
you must CDN-enable a storage container. Any HTML or static web pages in
the container become available through a static website after you set
X-Container-Meta-Web-Index header to
index.html or another
index page of your choice. You can also create subdirectories in your
website by creating pseudo directories, as outlined in
Pseudo hierarchical directories and folders. Each
pseudo directory becomes a subdirectory in the website.
The page you set for
X-Container-Meta-Web-Index becomes the index
page for every subdirectory in your website. Each of your pseudo
directories must contain a file with that name. So, if you set
index.html, you must have an
index.html page in each pseudo directory. For example, suppose that
you have a
subdir pseudo directory. If you do not have an
index.html page in
subdir, visits to
myhost/subdir/ return a
status code 404 (Not Found).
You also have the option of displaying a list of HTML files in your
pseudo directory, instead of a web page. You do this by setting the
X-Container-Meta-Web-Listings header to
True. If listings are
enabled, you can add styles to your file list by setting
X-Container-Meta-Web-Listings-CSS to a style sheet. For example,
X-Container-Meta-Web-Listings-CSS: listing.css makes
listings link to the
listing.css style sheet. To view the HTML
elements to which you can add styles, use your browser to view the HTML
source on the listing page.
You can modify the
Content-Type of directory marker objects by
X-Container-Meta-Web-Directory-Type header. If this
header is not set,
application/directory is used by default.
Directory marker objects are 0-byte objects that represent directories
to create a simulated hierarchical structure.
The following instructions describe using a CNAME with your DNS Server (or name server). The CNAME is the domain name of your site (such as www.rackspace.com). Your CNAME is set up with your individual DNS Server. For more information about using CNAMEs, see the Cloud DNS API documentation at the API documentation home. After your CNAME is established, set the CNAME to your Cloud Files CDN URI to get your site up and running on the web.
Set up a static website
Following are the step-by-step instructions for setting up a static website.
Create a container.
Upload your pages to the container.
Set the index (or primary page) for your website by performing a POST request to the header
X-Container-Meta-Web-Indexon your website’s container. See the following example. (Remember to change the
X-Auth-Tokento your authentication token.) You must use your storage URL and the container name to properly point to the container (
(You get your authentication token when you authenticate your session as shown in Authenticate to the Rackspace Cloud.)
CDN-enable your container. (See in the operation CDN-enable and CDN-disable a container.)
Go to your domain host and set up a CNAME using your CDN URI (
X-Cdn-Uri). The CNAME is the domain or branded URI that you use instead of the CDN URI. If you need to find your CDN URI, perform a HEAD request to
cdn.clouddrive.comas shown in the description of the operation to list metadata for a CDN-enabled container.
To view your website online, visit your CDN URI or your CNAME domain.
Example: Set up static web
cURL -X POST -H "X-Container-Meta-Web-Index: index.html" -H "X-Auth-Token: f064c46a782c444cb4ba4b6434288f7c" "https://storage101.dfw1.clouddrive.com/v1/MossoCloudFS_a55df/MyLibrary/"
After your container has an index page set and your domain host has your CNAME recorded, your static website is ready.
Example: Container setup for static website
In the following results, the CNAME is
myhost, and the
X-Container-Meta-Web-Index is set to
index.html. The results on
the right of the example are the pages that display in the web browser.
Example: Static website enabled container results
http://myhost Displays container/index.html
http://myhost/page2.html Displays container/page2.html
http://myhost/subdir Displays container/subdir/index.html
http://myhost/subdir/ Displays container/subdir/index.html
http://myhost/subdir/pageX.html Displays container/subdir/pageX.html
To disable a static website that you have created, send a request to
remove the metadata header that created the static web site (for
Set error pages for a static website#
Error pages are served with the status code prepended to the name of the
error page that you set. For example, if you set
error.html, 401 errors display the
401error.html. Similarly, 404 errors display
You must have both of these pages created in your container when you set
X-Container-Meta-Web-Error metadata, or your site will display
generic error pages.
X-Container-Meta-Web-Error metadata once for your entire
Example: Set error pages for static website: HTTP request
POST /v1/MossoCloudFS_0672d7fa-9f85-4a81-a3ab-adb66a880123/MyContainer HTTP/1.1
Any class 200 status code indicates success.