Server Side Includes (SSI) is a popular server-side scripting language, which can be used to include the content of one file inside another file. It's employed mostly with online content and it can help make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on multiple webpages within your website, as an example, you can make a text file and switch the quote inside it daily. All of the webpages where this file is incorporated will show the modified quote, so you will not have to change them personally every time. SSI can also be used to contain the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for instance, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or even the present time and date. By doing this, you can make your website appear a lot more professional and a lot more attractive to the site visitors. Pages that use SSI get a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so no matter the Linux website hosting that you select, you will be able to make use of this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All that you will have to do is to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and then include a few lines of code in it. You won't need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to simply copy the necessary code from our help section, or our tech support team can help you activate SSI for a given website. You need to simply modify the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these pages on the site are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan through us. If you decide to activate this feature, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy some code, which you'll see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior experience with this kind of matters. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all of web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing every one of the links on your website, so they lead to the updated files.