Simply remove .HTML from exported projects

When exporting a webflow project code the export adds a .HTML to every URL throughout your site.

After years of coming across this issue and using the laborious workarounds to fix this post-export, it really boils down to Webflow just wanting to make things difficult because you're not using their hosting. The Co-Founder in a 2013 thread on this very topic says it's because exported sites don't work on local machines without file extensions. He says this is because some folk won't be savvy enough to set up a local server.

This is good and all, but I'd be willing to bet that 90% of people exporting code are just immediately uploading it to another host in some capacity - which I would argue is the less-savvy route - and they do not need the .html extension. If people are exporting the code to edit themselves on a local machine, they're probably savvy enough to not only set up a local server, but also to add file-extensions post-export to make it work. The funny thing is, all of the solutions to this issue on the forums from people asking how to remove the .HTML from their exported code (lots of them) require you to be relatively technically savvy anyways.

All in all, I just think it's an incredibly arbitrary feature that has 6+ forums dating back to 2013 with people confused as to why this is a thing. You'd think they'd implement some toggle feature to choose if you need file extensions or not. Or to export individual files. Or something just obvious like this. But that's where we're at. Not hosting with us? Eh deal with it.

  • Jack
  • Jun 30 2021
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  • Michael Wells commented
    17 Sep 07:43am

    Just want to note that this request doesn't actually make sense. File extensions are a central part of what allows webservers to work. Web servers see the .html extension and then know it can be served as text/html, otherwise it could be an image, a script, plaintext... the server has zero idea what to do with it.

    Showing the .html in the URL is a different matter and depends on your server configuration and directory structure.

    If you have really set up a server configuration where those are not needed for your server to function, and really wanted to remove them it's as easy as a rename all, and a grep-replace all.

    Please don't change this. It would make Webflow exports completely unusable for most of the world.

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