Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is used to include the content of one file within a second file. It's used mainly with online content and it can help to make a static HTML website much more dynamic. If you need to have a daily quote displayed on multiple web pages of your website, for instance, you can create a text file and replace the quote in it daily. All the webpages in which this file is incorporated are going to display the updated quote, so you'll not have to edit every one of them manually each time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or the present time and date. By doing this, you may make your website seem much more professional and more attractive to the visitors. Web pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to make use of this feature with all of the cloud website hosting plans that we feature and bring dynamic content to your sites with a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with a few lines of code. Of course, there is no need to become a developer for that since the required code can be copied from the Help post we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you wish to employ this feature for your website, you'll want to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the up to date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes may be enabled with no trouble with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the whole process is going to take you just one minute and only a number of clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choosing, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, which you'll be able to get from the SSI article in our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that is to double-check if all of the web pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to modify backlinks to different web pages on your website, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.