Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, used to include the content of one file inside another file. It's employed primarily with online content and it can make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote shown on several web pages on your website, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote inside it every single day. All of the pages where this file is included will display the modified quote, so you will not need to edit all of them personally every single time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or even the present time and date. By doing this, you can make your website appear a lot more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that implement SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting system, so no matter the Linux cloud hosting plan which you choose, it will be possible to make use of this function and make your site more dynamic. All you need to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you wish to use SSI and then add a few lines of code inside. You will not need any coding skills though, as you can simply just copy the necessary code from our help section, or our technical support can help you enable SSI for a specific website. You just have to customize the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to these webpages on the website are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. When you choose to enable this feature, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you need to copy and paste some code, that you can see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of this kind of things. The only 2 things you ought to take care of are renaming all web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing each of the links in your site, in order that they point to the updated files.