Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is used to incorporate the content of one file inside of a second file. It's employed mostly with online content and it will help make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote shown on multiple pages on your site, for instance, you can create a text file and switch the quote within it each day. All of the webpages in which this file is incorporated are going to show the modified quote, so you'll not need to edit them by hand each time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the current time and date. In this manner, you can make your site seem much more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

All website hosting plans we offer you support Server Side Includes, so that you can incorporate dynamic components to your static site that you host on our cloud platform. By creating a clear .htaccess file and entering some lines of code in it, you can activate SSI for a domain or perhaps a subdomain. The file in question needs to be within the exact folder where you will make use of SSI you'll be able to see the code inside our Frequently Asked Questions section, and that means you don't need any coding experience. The 24/7 technical support crew shall also be capable to assist you with enabling Server Side Includes if you aren't absolutely sure how to proceed. You should also remember to modify the extension of all files which will implement SSI from .html to .shtml and make sure that the links on your site point to the correct files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. If you decide to enable this function, you have to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, that you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge about this kind of matters. The only 2 things you must deal with are renaming all of web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing every one of the links in your website, to make sure they lead to the updated files.