Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which can be used to include the content of one file inside of a second file. It's employed mostly with online content and it will help to make a static HTML website far more dynamic. If you need to have a daily quote displayed on various pages within your site, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote inside it daily. All the pages where this file is incorporated are going to display the modified quote, so you'll not need to alter every one of them by hand every time. SSI may also be used to contain the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or the current date and time. By doing this, you may make your website seem more professional and much more appealing to the website visitors. Web pages that use SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all shared website hosting plans we offer and activate it independently for each domain name or subdomain in your hosting account. This can be achieved by utilizing an .htaccess file, which needs to be placed in the folder where you want to use SSI and you need to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can find the code in our Knowledgebase area, so you can just copy it, since you do not need any programming expertise to benefit from all features that our solutions contain. In case you have currently built your website and you would like to use Server Side Includes later on, you need to 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 Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled with ease with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the entire process will take you only a minute and simply a few mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choosing, then adding a number of lines of code, which you will be able to copy from the SSI article within our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing left following that shall be to double-check if all of the webpages that shall implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to alter the links to different webpages on your site, so as to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.