Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, employed to add the content of one file inside of a second file. It's employed principally with online content and it will help make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on several web pages within your website, for example, you can make a text file and replace the quote within it daily. All web pages in which this file is included will show the modified quote, so you'll not need to edit them manually every single time. SSI can also be used to include the output of basic functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or even the present date and time. By doing this, you can make your website appear more professional and much more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that implement SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

All web hosting plans that we provide support Server Side Includes, so you're able to bring in dynamic components to any static website that you host on our cloud platform. By making a clear .htaccess file and typing in some lines of code inside, you'll be able to activate SSI for a domain or perhaps a subdomain. The file in question must be inside the specific folder where you are going to use SSI and you'll see the code within our Frequently Asked Questions section, and that means you don't need any coding expertise. Our 24/7 technical support staff shall also be capable to assist you with activating Server Side Includes if you aren't certain what to do. You should also make sure to modify the extension of all your files that are going to implement SSI from .html to .shtml and make certain that the links on your website lead to the appropriate files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. If you decide to enable this feature, you need to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy some code, which you'll 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 previous knowledge about these types of things. The only two things you need to take care of are renaming all of webpages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links in your site, in order that they point to the updated files.