Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, that is employed to add the content of one file inside another file. It is used mostly with online content and it can help to make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on various pages on your site, as an example, you can create a text file and replace the quote within it each day. All web pages where this file is included will display the modified quote, so you will not have to change them manually every time. SSI could also be used to include the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the current date and time. In this way, you can make your website appear more professional and more appealing to the website visitors. Pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so no matter the cloud hosting service which you select, it will be easy to make use of this function making your site a lot more dynamic. All you need to do is to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain in which you wish to use SSI and include a number of lines of code inside it. You simply will not require any kind of coding skills however, since you can simply copy the necessary code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to enable SSI for a specific site. You just have to modify the extension of the html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those pages on the website are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan with our company. When you choose to activate this function, you need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of this kind of matters. The only 2 things you need to deal with are renaming all of pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links on your website, so that they point to the renamed files.