Server Side Includes (SSI) is a well-known server-side scripting language, employed to add the content of one file within another file. It's used mainly with online content and it will help make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on a variety of webpages on your website, for example, you can make a text file and switch the quote in it daily. All of the pages in which this file is integrated are going to show the updated quote, so you will not have to alter every one of them personally each time. SSI may also be used to include the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or even the present date and time. In this way, you can make your site look much more professional and much more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the cloud hosting which you choose, it's possible to make use of this function making your website more dynamic. Everything you will have to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want to use SSI and add a few lines of code in it. You won't need any kind of coding skills though, as you can simply copy the necessary code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you activate SSI for any given website. You just need to change the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those webpages on the site are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. When you choose to enable this function, you have to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you'll see 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 do not require any prior experience with such things. The only 2 things you need to deal with are renaming all of the webpages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links in your site, to ensure that they lead to the renamed files.