Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, which is used to include the content of one file inside another file. It's utilized mainly with online content and it could help to make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on a few web pages on your website, for example, you can make a text file and replace the quote within it each day. All pages in which this file is included will show the updated quote, so you will not need to edit every one of them manually each time. SSI can also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the current time and date. By doing this, you can make your site seem a lot more professional and more attractive to the visitors. Web pages that implement SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the website hosting plans that we offer you and enable it independently for each domain name or subdomain inside your hosting account. This can be achieved by utilizing an .htaccess file, which should be positiioned in the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to type in a couple of lines of code in that file. You will find the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you can simply just copy it, since you don't need any coding expertise to take advantage of all of the features that our services incorporate. If you have by now built your site and you would like to use Server Side Includes later on, you must make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, or else SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan through us. If you decide to activate this function, you must make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you need to copy some code, which you can get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge of these types of matters. The only two things you should deal with are renaming all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all the links in your site, in order that they point to the updated files.