Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, employed to include the content of one file within a second file. It's employed typically with online content and it could help make a static HTML site a lot more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on a few web pages of your site, for instance, you can make a text file and replace the quote within it every day. All of the pages in which this file is incorporated are going to show the modified quote, so you'll not have to modify all of them manually every time. SSI could also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the present time and date. In this way, you can make your website look much more professional and a lot more appealing to the visitors. Pages that implement SSI get a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

You'll be able to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared hosting packages we offer and enable it individually for every single domain name or subdomain inside of your hosting account. You can do this with an .htaccess file, which should be put into the folder where you wish to use SSI and you need to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can see the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you can simply copy and paste it, since you don't need any programming skills to take advantage of all capabilities that our solutions feature. If you have by now built your website and you would like to employ Server Side Includes later, you must ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the site, otherwise SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be enabled effortlessly with every single semi-dedicated server plan that our company offers and the whole process shall take you only a minute and just a few mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP application of your preference, then incorporating a number of lines of code, which you will be able to get from the SSI article in our thorough Knowledgebase. The only thing left then is to double-check if all web pages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to update the links to different webpages on your site, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.