Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is used to include the content of one file within another file. It's employed typically with online content and it can make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote shown on a few webpages within your website, for instance, you can create a text file and replace the quote inside it daily. All web pages in which this file is incorporated are going to display the updated quote, so you will not have to change every one of them manually every single time. SSI could also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or even the current time and date. In this manner, you can make your internet site look far more professional and much more appealing to the visitors. Pages that employ SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the Linux shared web hosting service that you pick, it will be possible to utilize this feature and make your website more dynamic. All you must do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you wish to use SSI and then include a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply will not need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you enable SSI for a specific site. You just need to change the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to those pages on the website are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. If you decide to activate this feature, you have to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you must copy some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous knowledge of such matters. The only two things you ought to take care of are renaming all webpages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date each of the links in your website, to make sure they point to the updated files.