Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, which can be used to include the content of one file inside of another file. It is employed primarily with online content and it will help make a static HTML site a lot more dynamic. If you need to have a daily quote shown on a few webpages on your website, for example, you can create a text file and switch the quote inside it each day. All webpages in which this file is incorporated are going to display the updated quote, so you'll not need to update them personally each time. SSI can also be used to incorporate the output of basic functions rather than a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the present date and time. In this manner, you may make your website look a lot more professional and a lot more appealing to the site visitors. Web pages that use SSI use a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Since our unique cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to implement this feature with any of the shared web hosting packages that we feature and add in dynamic content to your websites with a few clicks. SSI is enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Certainly, there is no need to be a programmer for that because the required code can be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this feature for your website, you'll have to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your website lead to the up-to-date names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. When you decide to enable this feature, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the root 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 see in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge about this kind of things. The only 2 things you should deal with are renaming all of the web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all of the links on your site, in order that they point to the updated files.