Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, that is employed to add the content of one file inside of another file. It's employed primarily with online content and it can make a static HTML website much more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on many webpages on your site, as an example, you can make a text file and replace the quote inside it each day. All of the pages where this file is incorporated are going to display the updated quote, so you'll not have to update every one of them manually each time. SSI may also be used to include the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the present time and date. In this manner, you may make your internet site look much more professional and more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that employ SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting platform offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to work with this function with the website hosting packages that we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with a few clicks. SSI is activated for each particular domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you do not have to be a programmer for that as the required code may be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to use 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 modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package with us. If you decide to enable this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of these types of matters. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing each of the links in your site, so they point to the renamed files.