Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, used to include the content of one file inside a second file. It's utilized primarily with online content and it will help to make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote shown on several pages within your site, for instance, you can create a text file and replace the quote in it every single day. All the pages where this file is included will show the updated quote, so you will not have to edit all of them manually every single time. SSI could also be used to contain the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the viewer's IP address, a hit counter or even the current time and date. In this manner, you can make your internet site appear far more professional and more attractive to the website visitors. Pages that implement SSI use a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

As our custom made cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to to use this feature with any of the cloud hosting packages that we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with a few mouse clicks. SSI is activated for every individual domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to become a developer for that since the necessary code can be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this function for your website, you'll have to rename your site files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all links on your site point to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package with our company. If you decide to enable this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy some code, that you can find in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous experience with these types of matters. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating every one of the links on your website, in order that they lead to the updated files.