Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, used to incorporate the content of one file within another file. It is used typically with online content and it will make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote shown on a number of webpages on your site, as an example, you can make a text file and replace the quote in it each day. All of the web pages where this file is integrated will show the modified quote, so you will not have to change all of them personally every single time. SSI could also be used to include the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for instance, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or even the current time and date. By doing this, you may make your site appear a lot more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that implement SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting system, so no matter the shared website hosting plan which you pick, you will be able to utilize this feature making your site much more dynamic. All you must do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and after that add a number of lines of code inside it. You won't require any kind of coding skills though, as you're able simply copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for any specific website. You just need to change the extension of the html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these pages on the website are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. When you choose to enable this function, you will need to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy some code, which you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge of this kind of things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating every one of the links in your site, to make sure they point to the updated files.