Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, which is often used to include the content of one file inside another file. It's utilized typically with online content and it will make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote shown on numerous pages within your site, as an example, you can make a text file and replace the quote within it each day. All of the pages in which this file is included will display the updated quote, so you'll not have to edit all of them manually every time. SSI can also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions instead of a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the present time and date. In this manner, you can make your internet site appear a lot more professional and much more attractive to the site visitors. Pages that implement SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all shared web hosting packages that we offer you and activate it individually for every domain or subdomain in your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using an .htaccess file, which needs to be put into the folder in which you want to use SSI and you need to put a couple of lines of code in that file. You can see the code within our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply copy it, since you don't need any programming expertise to benefit from all of the features that our services come with. In case you have already built your website and you wish to employ Server Side Includes later on, you need to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, or else SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be activated easily with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we provide you with and the whole process will take you less than a minute and just several mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by creating an empty .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your choice, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to copy from the SSI article in our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining then is to double-check if all web pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to modify backlinks to different webpages on your site, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.