Server Side Includes (SSI) is actually a set of directives that will enable you to include the content of a text file within an HTML file. In this way, you're able to add any kind of content to a few different webpages in your website and modify it simply by editing a single text file. You can furthermore incorporate the output of distinctive scripts so the current date and time, the IP address of the visitor or the attributes of a file appear on your site. This will allow you to add in some dynamic content to static pages, making the site more inviting to your website visitors and creating a more professional overall appearance. It will also be easier to revise this content when compared with updating every static web page one by one. If you would like to use Server Side Includes on your site, the pages that incorporate the content of any kind of file need to be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

All shared website hosting plans we provide support Server Side Includes, so you can include dynamic components to your static website which you host on our cloud system. By setting up a clear .htaccess file and typing in several lines of code in it, you'll be able to activate SSI for a domain name or perhaps a subdomain. The file concerned must be in the exact folder where you will use SSI and you can discover the code in our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you don't need any kind of coding expertise. Our 24/7 technical support team will also be in a position to assist you with enabling Server Side Includes if you're not sure how to proceed. You should also make sure to change the extension of all of the files that are going to implement SSI from .html to .shtml and make sure that the links on your website lead to the proper files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. If you decide to activate this feature, you must set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can find in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge about such things. The only two things you should deal with are renaming all of web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all of the links in your site, so they point to the updated files.