BigNoseBird.Com- Home Small Logo
The 508 Compliant Guide to 
       Big Nose Bird

Considering Performance
with Server Side Includes

Before venturing further into the world of SSI, we must take something into consideration- performance. When a regular HTML page is requested, the server only has to handle sending that page to the person requesting it.

However, with SSI, the server must first read the SHTML file, process any directives (which can also be program output or files to be merged in) and then deliver the fully assembled page to the reader. Whew! That is a lot of work.

If you are expecting thousands of hits per minute, you might want to use SSI sparingly. On the other hand, keeping your pages trim will more than make up for the SSI performance cost. (hint-hint) In a typical setting, the productivity gains you will enjoy will greatly outweigh any potential performance problems.

Today, horsepower is cheap and getting cheaper. When making a decision on the value of SSI and you have busy site, do give some value to your time savings vs. the cost of a faster server.

Case Study: We joined the ReallyBig.Com Network on September 1, 1998. To add the right margin navigation bar to 160-plus pages required less than thirty minutes work! (considerbly less time than went into actually deciding on the colors!)


Find or Give Help on the BBS
Home Top E-Mail
If it looks great, it's by Christine
Some Fine Print
© 1997-2003 BigNoseBird.Com®, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners. The products that we recommend are only ones that we use. We have no relationship with any of the authors or their companies. We cannot assume responsibility for their ultimate performance or lack of same. We also cannot assume responsibility for either any programs provided here, or for any advice that is given since we have no control over what happens after our code or words leave this site. Always use prudent judgment in implementing any program- and always make a backup first! For further information, please read our Privacy Statement. We can be contacted at

Web Builder Network Portal
on the
BigNoseBird Newsletter

Sign up today to receive our low volume newsletter. Tips, tricks, news, and whatever else crosses our minds.
Back Issues
Privacy Statement