Server Side Includes (SSI) is actually a range of directives that will allow you to incorporate the content of a text file inside an HTML file. This way, you can add any kind of content to few different web pages on your website and modify it just by updating an individual text file. You're able to furthermore add the output of different scripts so the current time and date, the IP address of the website visitor or the attributes of some file show up on your website. This will let you add some dynamic content to static pages, making the site more appealing to your site visitors and creating a much more professional overall look. It will also be much easier to update this content compared to editing every static web page one at a time. If you wish to use Server Side Includes in your website, the pages that include the content of some file should be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the web hosting which you pick, it will be easy to make use of this function and make your site a lot more dynamic. All you will have to do is going to be create a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want to use SSI and include a couple of lines of code in it. You simply won't need any coding skills however, as you're able just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you enable SSI for a given website. You just have to modify the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to those web pages on the website are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. When you decide to enable this function, you must make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy some code, which you'll find in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous experience with these types of matters. The only 2 things you should take care of are renaming all of web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links on your website, in order that they lead to the renamed files.