Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which is often used to include the content of one file inside another file. It's utilized mainly with online content and it will help to make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on various webpages of your site, for example, you can make a text file and replace the quote within it daily. All the webpages where this file is included will show the updated quote, so you'll not have to modify all of them manually every time. SSI could also be used to incorporate the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for instance, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the present time and date. In this manner, you may make your website look a lot more professional and more appealing to the website visitors. Web pages that use SSI use a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting
You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all cloud web hosting packages we offer you and enable it independently for each domain or subdomain within your hosting account. You can do this by using an .htaccess file, which needs to be placed into the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to enter a few lines of code in that file. You'll find the code in our Knowledgebase area, so you can just copy and paste it, since you don't need any programming capabilities to benefit from all of the features that our services include. If you have by now built your website and you would like to employ Server Side Includes later on, you have to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, otherwise SSI will not work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It shall not take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. When you choose to enable this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about this kind of matters. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all of the pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links on your website, in order that they lead to the renamed files.