The reason this happens is a miscode in a certain file. Open up wherever solder is installed but not it's publicly accessible folder. in my case /var/www/html/public is the publicly accessible portion whereas /var/www/html is my solder install itself. So for my example, open up /var/www/html/app/routes.php. You'll see a line like this: return Redirect::to('/dashboard'); ... Change that line to read: return Redirect::to('index.php/dashboard'); and just to be safe, restart apache. Voila! Now there's no need to manually type in /index.php after your FQDN.