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 employed typically with online content and it will make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on a few webpages of your site, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote in it each day. All web pages where this file is included are going to show the updated quote, so you'll not have to alter them by hand every single time. SSI can also be used to include the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the current date and time. By doing this, you can make your website look a lot more professional and more attractive to the website visitors. Pages that employ SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the Linux shared hosting you select, you'll be able to utilize this feature and make your site much more dynamic. All you need to do is going to be set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you wish to use SSI and after that add a couple of lines of code inside it. You'll not require any kind of coding skills however, as you're able just copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to enable SSI for a specified website. You just need to customize the extension of any html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to these web pages on the site are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you decide to activate this feature, you must create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you must copy some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous experience with such things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all of the links on your website, in order that they lead to the renamed files.