Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which can be used to include the content of one file within a second file. It's utilized principally with online content and it will help make a static HTML website much more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote shown on a few pages on your site, for example, you can make a text file and replace the quote inside it every single day. All pages in which this file is included will show the updated quote, so you'll not have to change them manually each time. SSI can also be used to include the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the present time and date. This way, you can make your website appear a lot more professional and more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that use SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our modern cloud hosting system, so no matter the Linux cloud website hosting you select, it's possible to use this function and make your website more dynamic. Everything you need to do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and then add a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply will not require any coding skills though, since you can simply copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to enable SSI for any given site. You just have to customize the extension of the html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to these pages on the site are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. If you decide to enable this feature, you will need to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, that you can get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge about these types of things. The only two things you should deal with are renaming all of web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating every one of the links in your site, so that they lead to the renamed files.