Server Side Includes (SSI) is a well-known server-side scripting language, which is often used to add the content of one file within a second file. It's used mainly with online content and it will make a static HTML site much more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on a number of pages of your website, as an example, you can make a text file and replace the quote in it daily. All webpages where this file is integrated will display the modified quote, so you will not have to edit them manually every time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of simple functions as opposed to a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or maybe the current time and date. This way, you can make your site look much more professional and much more appealing to the website visitors. Web pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Server Side Includes is supported on our progressive cloud hosting system, so regardless of the Linux shared web hosting
you select, it will be possible to make use of this feature and make your website more dynamic. Everything you will need to do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and then add a couple of lines of code in it. You simply will not need any coding skills however, since you can basically copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you to enable SSI for any specified website. You just need to modify the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these pages on the site are accurate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It shall not take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server
package from us. If you decide to activate this feature, you need to 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 some code, that you can find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior experience with such matters. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of webpages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links on your site, in order that they lead to the updated files.