I use subdomains for staging environments. That meant in Craft 2 I had to move the public_html folder content up a level and change

$craftPath = '../craft';


$craftPath = 'craft';

I'm getting myself in a bit of a mess how to do this for Craft 3. I've moved the contents of 'web' into the root folder for the subdomain.

I think I have to change these settings

define('CRAFT_BASE_PATH', dirname(__DIR__));

but it's a bit over my head, so any help to what I change these to would be much appreciated.

My hosting doesn't allow configuring the webserver to point to the /web folder.


  • index.php
  • css
  • js
  • craftcms
    • config
    • modules
    • storage
    • templates
    • vendor

To replicate what you did in craft 2, you would change your web/index.php to:

define('CRAFT_BASE_PATH', dirname(__DIR__,1) . '/nameofthefolderwherecraftlives');

The ,1 tells craft to go up 1 level and change /nameofthefolderwherecraftlives to well... The name of the folder where craft lives :)

So for what I show you above, your structure will be:

  • web
    • index.php
  • nameofthefolderwherecraftlives
    • config
    • modules
    • storage
    • templates
    • vendor

It's here in the docs.

Hope that helps!

  • Thanks. Makes sense but I don't think I explained throughly. I've updated my post with the structure (no web folder - it's content sits in the root)
    – sarah3585
    Jan 22 '19 at 18:40

Oh I see. Then if the root folder where your index.php lives is let's say public_html you could do:

define('CRAFT_BASE_PATH', dirname(__DIR__) . '/public_html/craftcms');

Another solution would be to use __FILE__ instead of __DIR__ and you could do:

define('CRAFT_BASE_PATH', dirname(__FILE__) . '/craftcms');

However, I don't know the implications of the second option. It works for me when I test locally and doesn't break anything but I can't be sure... Maybe the Craft guys could tell us more on this..?

Anyway I hope this gets you up and running :)

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