Server Side Includes (SSI) is a well-known server-side scripting language, employed to add the content of one file within another file. It's used mostly with online content and it can help to make a static HTML site more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote shown on various web pages of your site, as an example, you can make a text file and switch the quote inside it every day. All web pages where this file is included will display the updated quote, so you will not need to alter all of them manually each time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of simple functions instead of a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the current date and time. By doing this, you may make your website look much more professional and more attractive to the website visitors. Web pages that employ SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared web hosting packages that we offer and activate it independently for every domain or subdomain in your own hosting account. You can do this when using an .htaccess file, which should be placed 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 within our Knowledgebase section, so you're able to simply copy it, since you do not need any programming skills to benefit from all of the characteristics that our services have. In case you have currently built your website and you wish to employ Server Side Includes later, you have to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, otherwise SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. When you decide to activate this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy some code, which you can find in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous experience with such things. The only 2 things you must deal with are renaming all of web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all the links on your website, so that they lead to the renamed files.