Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, employed to include the content of one file inside another file. It's used mainly with online content and it could help make a static HTML site far more dynamic. If you need to have a daily quote displayed on a number of web pages of your website, for example, you can create a text file and switch the quote in it daily. All of the pages in which this file is included will display the modified quote, so you'll not need to change every one of them personally each time. SSI may also be used to include the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the present time and date. In this manner, you can make your internet site look much more professional and much more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so whatever the hosting which you pick, it's possible to use this feature making your website a lot more dynamic. All you will have to do is to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and after that add a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply won't need any coding skills though, as you're able simply just copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for a specified website. You just have to change the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those webpages on the site are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package with our company. If you decide to enable this feature, you have to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy some code, that you can see in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You will find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous knowledge about such matters. The only two things you need to take care of are renaming all of the pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links in your site, to make sure they point to the updated files.