People page SSI: how they work
SSIs are used to create people pages where people appear on multiple people pages across sites.
The principle applies as explained in understanding server-side includes (SSIs); update one file, upload it and all pages using that SSI are up to date.
Points to note with people page SSIs
- You still have a people page(s) with the file extension .shtml. Plus you have one or more SSI file (with the file extension .html)
- People SSI files are kept in the department website where they work. This may not be the website you are updating. Eg The Web Team people SSI is used on the Web Team and the Communications and External Relations (CER) websites. The SSI file for the Web Team is kept in the Web Team website
- You cannot tell by looking at a people page live on the web whether it includes SSI files. This is done through Dreamweaver
- All links in the SSI file must be absolute (including links to images and other files eg documents)
- How to tell is a people SSI is in your site or another site
Understanding how SSI files on people pages work
- Displayed live in a web browser a people page using SSIs looks exactly as you would expect. Eg the Web Team people page
- In Dreamweaver each separate SSI file sits on the page and selects as a 'chunk' of information
- Some people pages have one SSI on them, others have multimple SSI files. The image below shows an example people page with 4 separate people SSI files (outlined with red).