Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is often used to incorporate the content of one file inside a second file. It is employed typically with online content and it can make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on multiple pages on your website, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote within it daily. All web pages in which this file is integrated will display the updated quote, so you'll not need to update all of them by hand every time. SSI can also be used to incorporate the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the current date and time. By doing this, you can make your site look a lot more professional and much more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that use SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our unique cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to to utilize this function with the cloud web hosting packages that we offer and bring dynamic content to your sites with just a few mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for every specific domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Of course, you do not have to be a programmer for that since the required code can be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you wish to use this function for your website, you'll have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all links on your site point to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan with our company. When you decide to enable this feature, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you need to copy and paste some code, that you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous knowledge of this kind of things. The only 2 things you ought to take care of are renaming all webpages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing every one of the links on your website, so they lead to the updated files.