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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] *.shtml or *.html
Date Thu, 12 Feb 2004 11:25:29 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Crane []
> Sent: Donnerstag, 12. Februar 2004 12:10
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] *.shtml or *.html
> Hi all,
> I've been reading a variety of sources on whether you
> rename your HTML pages that include SSI's *.shtml or
> *.html. I understand the server will be processing
> every page (either *.shtml or *.html) and that will
> place a load on the server, so much so that I've read
> that you must only specify pages that have SSI with a
> *.shtml to avoid all your pages being parsed.
> But...I have a site where I've got a set Navigation
> bar/header bar that I to include it using SSI in my
> webpages...the site is small only 10-20 pages, but it
> has the potential to grow. But since every page will
> have the header/nav bar I will need to parse every
> single page...which as advice stands isn't suitable.

I think you understand the issue but come to a mistaken conclusion. The
point is whether you want to use SSI on a few pages or on most pages. If
only on a few pages, use .shtml for those pages to restrict parsing to
those that need it. If for all or most pages, then use .html everywhere
and tell the handler to parse all .html files.

If you're going to use SSI for navigation, you need to apply it to all
pages so can't avoid parsing everything and so it doesn't matter what
you call your pages.

NB - some people use SSI sparingly, eg to put a timestamp on a single
page. So that's why the .shtml mechanism arose.

Owen Boyle
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> Is there any way of getting the server to check the
> modified date of the file to see whether it needs to
> be re-cached or not and thus avoid parsing every page
> over and over again?
> Are there any solutions that would allow SSI to be
> used efefctively without having all my pages renamed
> to *.shtml and parsed.
> Thank you,
> Ben Crane
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