Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, which can be used to add the content of one file within another file. It's used primarily with online content and it will help to make a static HTML site a lot more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on a number of web pages of your website, for instance, you can create a text file and switch the quote within it every day. All of the web pages in which this file is integrated will display the modified quote, so you will not need to modify every one of them personally each time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the current time and date. By doing this, you can make your site appear a lot more professional and much more attractive to the website visitors. Pages that use SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible make use of this function with any of the hosting plans that we have and add dynamic content to your sites with a few clicks. SSI is enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, there is no need to be a programmer for that because the required code may be copied from the Help post we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you'd like to utilize this feature for your site, you need to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be activated in no time with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide you with and the entire process is going to take you only a minute and only a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choosing, then adding a few lines of code, which you'll be able to copy from the SSI article within our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left after that is to double-check if all of the pages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to edit the links to different pages on your site, in order to represent the modifications in the file extensions.