Every article I find about web servers suggest creating a
sites-enabled directory within apache/nginx/etc. Then, using symbolic (soft) links, create a link from the available to the enabled folder.
Why use symbolic links rather than hardlinks? With hardlinks, you can move the original file (rename it) as needed without needing to recreate the link. You can still delete the sites-enabled file without ruining anything, and the user/group permissions in any sane setup will be the same for both folders.
Can I safely use hardlinks instead of softlinks? Or is there a downside to hardlinks I'm not seeing? The major upside for me is not having to worry about recreating a symlink if I move/rename the original file.