Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, employed to include the content of one file inside of another file. It's utilized typically with online content and it could help make a static HTML website far more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote shown on a number of pages of your site, as an example, you can create a text file and replace the quote inside it every day. All webpages in which this file is integrated will show the modified quote, so you'll not need to change all of them personally each time. SSI could also be used to contain the output of simple functions instead of a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the present time and date. In this manner, you may make your site look much more professional and more appealing to the visitors. Pages that employ SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

Since our unique cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, you will be able to implement this function with the web hosting plans that we feature and add dynamic content to your websites with only a few clicks. SSI is enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't have to be a coder for that since the necessary code can be copied from the Help article that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this function for your website, you'll want to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your site lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. When you decide to activate this function, you need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you have to copy some code, that you can find in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior experience with this kind of matters. The only 2 things you should deal with are renaming all of the web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing each of the links in your site, to make sure they point to the updated files.