Server Side Includes (SSI) really is a set of directives that will enable you to contain the content of a text file within an HTML file. By doing this, you can add some content to a few different pages in your website and change it just by editing just one text file. You'll be able to additionally add the output of various scripts in order that the current date and time, the IP address of the website visitor or the properties of a file display on your site. This will help you incorporate some dynamic content to static pages, making the site more desirable to your site visitors and creating a more professional visual appearance. It will be much easier to revise this content as compared to updating each static page one by one. If you wish to use Server Side Includes on your site, the pages that incorporate the content of some file need to be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all shared website hosting plans we offer you and activate it independently for each and every domain name or subdomain in your hosting account. You can do this by utilizing an .htaccess file, which needs to be placed in the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you have to put a few lines of code in that file. You can find the code inside our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy and paste it, as you do not need any coding capabilities to benefit from all functions that our services incorporate. In case you have already built your site and you would like to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you will need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the site, or else SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan with our company. When you choose to enable this function, you need to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you must copy and paste some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge of these types of things. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all of webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links on your website, so that they point to the updated files.