Server Side Includes (SSI) is actually a range of directives that will allow you to include the content of a text file inside an HTML file. By doing this, you'll be able to add any kind of content to numerous webpages in your site and change it simply by updating an individual text file. You are able to furthermore incorporate the output of distinctive scripts so that the present time and date, the IP address of the website visitor or the attributes of some file appear on your site. This will allow you to add some dynamic content to static webpages, making the site more desirable to your visitors and giving it a more professional overall look. It will also be quicker to update this content compared to editing every static web page one by one. If you want to use Server Side Includes on your website, the pages that incorporate the content of some file need to be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

As our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible make use of this function with all of the web hosting plans that we offer and add in dynamic content to your sites with a few mouse clicks. SSI is enabled for every specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you don't need to turn into a coder for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to use this feature for your site, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all links on your site lead to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through our company. When you decide to enable this feature, you need to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy some code, which you can get in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge about this kind of things. The only 2 things you should take care of are renaming all of the web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date each of the links in your website, to make sure they lead to the updated files.