Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is often used to add the content of one file inside another file. It is used predominantly with online content and it will help make a static HTML website much more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote shown on a number of pages on your website, as an example, you can create a text file and switch the quote within it every single day. All the web pages where this file is incorporated will show the updated quote, so you will not have to modify all of them personally each time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or even the present date and time. In this manner, you can make your website appear far more professional and a lot more attractive to the website visitors. Web pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

All cloud website hosting we provide support Server Side Includes, so you can include dynamic components to any static website that you host on our cloud system. By making an empty .htaccess file and entering some lines of code inside, you're able to enable SSI for a domain or a subdomain. The file in question needs to be inside the specific folder where you will make use of SSI and you'll discover the code in our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you do not need any coding experience. The 24/7 tech support crew shall also be capable to help you with activating Server Side Includes if you aren't sure what to do. You should also make sure to change the extension of all of the files which will make use of SSI from .html to .shtml and ensure that the links on your site point to the right files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. If you decide to activate this function, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy some code, that you can find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous knowledge about such things. The only two things you must take care of are renaming all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links on your website, to make sure they lead to the renamed files.