Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which can be used to include the content of one file inside a second file. It's used mostly with online content and it could help make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote shown on various pages on your site, as an example, you can create a text file and replace the quote within it each day. All of the web pages in which this file is integrated are going to show the modified quote, so you'll not have to change every one of them personally every single time. SSI may also be used to include the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or even the current time and date. This way, you can make your website look much more professional and more appealing to the visitors. Web pages that use SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

As our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy to make use of this feature with all of the shared hosting packages we have and add in dynamic content to your sites with only a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you don't have to become a programmer for that as the required code may be copied from the Help article we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you'd like to employ this function for your website, it's important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be enabled with ease with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that our company offers and the whole process shall take you under a minute and simply a couple of mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choosing, then typing in a couple of lines of code, which you'll be capable to copy from the SSI article in our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that is to double-check if all pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and also to update backlinks to different web pages on your site, in order to reflect the changes in the file extensions.