Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is used to incorporate the content of one file inside of a second file. It is employed principally with online content and it will help make a static HTML website far more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on a few webpages on your site, for example, you can create a text file and switch the quote in it every single day. All the webpages in which this file is included are going to show the updated quote, so you will not need to edit them personally every time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for instance, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or even the present date and time. This way, you may make your internet site appear far more professional and much more attractive to the visitors. Pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

Since our custom cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to use this function with the shared website hosting packages we offer and add in dynamic content to your sites with only a few clicks. SSI can be activated for each specific domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to become a programmer for that as the required code can be copied from the Help post we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you wish to employ this function for your site, it's important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website point to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. When you decide to activate this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge about such things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of the webpages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all the links in your site, so that they point to the updated files.