Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, used to include the content of one file within another file. It's used principally with online content and it can help to make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote shown on multiple webpages of your site, for instance, you can create a text file and switch the quote in it every single day. All the web pages in which this file is included are going to show the modified quote, so you will not need to update them personally every single time. SSI could also be used to contain the output of basic functions instead of a static file - for instance, the client's IP address, a hit counter or the present date and time. By doing this, you can make your site seem far more professional and much more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that implement SSI have a .shtml extension.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared website hosting packages we provide and enable it independently for each and every domain or subdomain inside of your hosting account. You can do this with an .htaccess file, which needs to be positiioned in the folder where you want to use SSI and you need to put a couple of lines of code in that file. You can find the code inside our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy it, as you do not need any coding skills to take advantage of all features that our services have. If you have currently built your website and you would like to employ Server Side Includes later on, you have to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, or else SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be activated without any problem with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the full process will take you less than a minute and just a couple of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making a blank .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your choice, then incorporating a few lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article within our complete Knowledgebase. The only thing left after that will be to double-check if all webpages that will implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to edit backlinks to different web pages on your site, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.