Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, employed to incorporate the content of one file inside a second file. It is used principally with online content and it can help make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on various pages within your website, as an example, you can make a text file and replace the quote in it every single day. All the pages where this file is incorporated will show the updated quote, so you will not need to alter every one of them manually each time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of basic functions as opposed to a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the current time and date. By doing this, you may make your site appear much more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you are able to work with this feature with all of the website hosting packages we feature and add in dynamic content to your websites with a few mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for each individual domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with only a few lines of code. Of course, there is no need to be a programmer for that since the necessary code can be copied from the Help article we have about Server Side Includes. If you want to use this feature for your site, it is important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the up-to-date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes could be activated without difficulty with every single semi-dedicated server plan that we provide and the entire process shall take you less than a minute and only a few clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choosing, then adding a number of lines of code, that you will be able to get out of the SSI article within our detailed Knowledgebase. The one thing left following that is to double-check if all pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to edit backlinks to different webpages on your website, in order to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.