When creating your own site, you have many options. The basic files, particularly on Linux servers like the ones used for our hosting accounts, are either generally either html (files ending in the extension .html or .htm) or php (files ending in the extension .php) files. HTML is the markup language for displaying content and is not processed on the server side. Php is a programming style language used to create pages that are processed and served from the server. Php files can always read and display HTML code, but HTML does not automatically parse php code. To do so, you will need to make adjustments to your .htaccess file. Once that is done, the php code will display within HTML files without issue. Follow the instructions below as they guide you on enabling html files to display php code via your .htaccess file.

Enabling HTML files to display php code

  1. Log into your cPanel dashboard.
  2. Use the File Manager to navigate to the root folder for the domain you are working with, ensuring you set the Show Hidden Files option.
  3. Once in the root folder for the domain, check for the .htaccess file. If one is not there, you will need to create a new one. Once located, edit the file by highlighting the file and click on the Edit icon from the toolbar at the top of the page.
  4. This brings you to the cpanel file editor. You will want to insert the following line of code at the top of the .htaccess file.
    AddType text/html .shtml .shtm .htm .html
    AddHandler server-parsed .shtml .shtm .htm .html 
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes
    # Uncomment the version of PHP you have on your server
    # Only one of the following  can be uncommented
    AddHandler application/x-httpd-php5 .shtml
    #AddHandler application/x-httpd-php52 .shtml
    #AddHandler application/x-httpd-php54 .shtml
    #AddHandler application/x-httpd-php4 .shtml

    Important! You will need to check your php version so you know which line to comment in the previous code.

  5. Click the Save Changes button in the upper right corner of the screen. Your html file should now display the php code within it. Below is a before and after shot of the effects of the .htaccess edit.
    before htaccess code edit after htaccess code edit
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