Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, employed to incorporate the content of one file inside another file. It's utilized mostly with online content and it could help to make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on multiple webpages of your website, for example, you can make a text file and switch the quote inside it every single day. All of the webpages in which this file is integrated are going to show the updated quote, so you'll not have to modify every one of them personally every time. SSI could also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or even the current date and time. In this way, you can make your site seem far more professional and much more attractive to the site visitors. Web pages that use SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our modern cloud hosting system, so no matter the hosting that you select, you'll be able to make use of this function making your site more dynamic. All that you need to do is to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and after that include a few lines of code inside it. You will not need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you activate SSI for a specific website. You just need to customize the extension of the html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to these pages on the website are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server package with us. When you decide to activate this feature, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In that file, you must copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge of this kind of things. The only 2 things you need to deal with are renaming all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all of the links in your website, in order that they point to the renamed files.