Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, used to incorporate the content of one file inside a second file. It's utilized mostly with online content and it will help to make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on a number of web pages of your site, for example, you can create a text file and switch the quote within it every single day. All the webpages where this file is incorporated are going to display the modified quote, so you'll not have to edit them manually every time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the current date and time. This way, you can make your website look far more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that use SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Since our custom cloud hosting platform offers Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to implement this function with all of the shared web hosting plans that we offer you and add in dynamic content to your websites with a couple of clicks. SSI can be enabled for each particular domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with only a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to be a coder for that because the needed code can be copied from the Help post we have related to Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this feature for your website, you'll want to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the up-to-date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be activated without any difficulty with every single semi-dedicated server package that our company offers and the whole process is going to take you just one minute and only a number of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making a blank .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP application of your choosing, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, which you'll be capable to get out of the SSI article inside our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining then will be to double-check if all of the webpages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and to update the links to different webpages on your site, so as to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.