Did you know that website pages come in many different types? It’s true. You web browser (probably Internet Explorer) is built to handle many different types of website files.
- .html or .htm – These are “regular” website files. HTML stats for Hyper Text Markup File.
- .shtml – SHTML pages are a step up from HTML. These are HTML pages with the ability to interpret server side includes. Server side includes (SSI) files are bits of code that SHTML pages can share. A great way to use this is to have a shared menu, header and footer file. It makes website maintenance very easy.
- .asp – ASP stands for Active Server Pages. These files typically are used on website hosts using Windows as the operating system for their server. They have their own coding language.
- .php – PHP pages are my favorite. (Yes folks, I really am a geeky website developer. I have a favorite type of website page.) PHP is a coding language that works very well with MySQL databases. This is the file type used in WordPress.
In general no file type is inherently better than another. I do tend to stay away from plain .html or .htm files though. Those are the only type of files that can’t share snippets of code. Maintaining a website that exclusivly uses HTML takes more time and effort than other websites.