Server Side Includes (SSI) is a well-known server-side scripting language, that is employed to include the content of one file inside a second file. It is employed typically with online content and it can make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you wish to have a daily quote displayed on a number of web pages of your site, as an example, you can create a text file and switch the quote inside it every single day. All pages in which this file is included will show the updated quote, so you'll not need to modify them manually every time. SSI could also be used to include the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or even the present time and date. In this way, you can make your internet site appear far more professional and much more appealing to the website visitors. Web pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the website hosting plans we offer you and activate it individually for every domain or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be done when using .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to put a few lines of code in that file. You can find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy it, since you don't need any programming knowledge to benefit from all of the features that our services incorporate. In case you have by now built your website and you wish to use Server Side Includes afterwards, you must make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI won't work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It won't take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. If you decide to enable this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous experience with these types of things. The only two things you ought to take care of are renaming all of pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links in your site, in order that they point to the renamed files.