Rendering of my header takes almost a second. To remedy the issue I wanted to use Server Side Includes. Unfortunately I am working on IIS.
I've added the ServerSideIncludes in Windows Features, and created a Module Mapping for *.html.
Assume we start with an empty Disapatcher cache. I visit in my browser http://my-domain/home.html. Markup when returned directly from the publisher contains the SSI directive:
<body> <!-- #include virtual="/content/header.html" --> rest of page</body>
As the request is further processed through IIS, I can see "Error processing SSI file" in the browser instead of the actual header (which means at least that SSI directives are handled by IIS in some way). I can also see only single file home.html in the cache. At least something is happening.
If I now visit http://my-domain/content/header.html in my browser, I can see the proper header markup. Because this goes through the Dispatcher, the /content/header.html is now cached as a file on disk alongside home.html. If I now go to http://my-domain/home.html again I can see the proper header in my browser.
From the logs it seems that when IIS handles the request for home.html, the Dispatcher is never asked about "/content/header.html". I thought this is about the order of the two Handler Mappings in IIS:
but the problem persists regardless of their relative order.
In Apache httpd the "#include virtual" is handled almost like a fresh request, starting from httpd entry point, in particular the Dispatcher module would be asked for /content/header.html. This seems not to be the case with IIS, it seems only existing files are taken into account for "#include virtual". Am I doing something wrong, missing something or maybe it's simply not possible in IIS?
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