Server Side Includes (SSI) is a well-known server-side scripting language, that is employed to incorporate the content of one file inside a second file. It is used typically with online content and it can help make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on a variety of webpages on your site, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote within it every single day. All the pages where this file is integrated will show the modified quote, so you will not need to edit all of them by hand each time. SSI could also be used to include the output of simple functions instead of a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the current time and date. In this way, you may make your site look a lot more professional and more appealing to the visitors. Pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so whatever the hosting which you pick, it will be easy to use this function making your website more dynamic. All that you will need to do is to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and then include a few lines of code inside. You simply won't require any coding skills though, as you can just copy the necessary code from our help section, or our technical support can help you enable SSI for any specific website. You need to simply modify the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these pages on the site are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be activated with ease with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the whole process will take you less than a minute and just a few mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choosing, then adding a couple of lines of code, which you'll be able to copy from the SSI article within our detailed Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining after that will be to double-check if all webpages that will make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to update the links to different webpages on your website, in order to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.