Server Side Includes (SSI) is a widely used server-side scripting language, which is used to add the content of one file inside another file. It's utilized mainly with online content and it could make a static HTML website a lot more dynamic. If you want to have a daily quote displayed on several web pages of your site, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote in it each day. All web pages where this file is integrated will show the updated quote, so you will not have to update all of them by hand every single time. SSI may also be used to incorporate the output of simple functions instead of a static file - for example, the client's IP address, a hit counter or perhaps the current time and date. In this way, you may make your website look more professional and more appealing to the site visitors. Pages that implement SSI have a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting
Server Side Includes is featured on our modern cloud hosting platform, so no matter the Linux shared website hosting you pick, you will be able to utilize this feature making your site more dynamic. All you must do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want to use SSI and after that include a handful of lines of code inside it. You won't need any kind of coding skills however, as you're able to simply just copy the needed code from our help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for a given website. You just need to customize the extension of any html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these pages on the site are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It will not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. If you decide to activate this feature, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you have to copy some code, which you'll find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge of this kind of things. The only two things you need to take care of are renaming all of the web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links on your site, to make sure they lead to the updated files.