Server Side Includes (SSI) is a common server-side scripting language, employed to include the content of one file within another file. It is employed predominantly with online content and it could make a static HTML website more dynamic. If you'd like to have a daily quote displayed on multiple webpages on your site, for example, you can create a text file and replace the quote inside it every day. All webpages where this file is included will display the modified quote, so you'll not have to update every one of them by hand each time. SSI could also be used to include the output of simple functions rather than a static file - for example, the visitor's IP address, a hit counter or the present time and date. In this way, you can make your site seem much more professional and more attractive to the site visitors. Web pages that employ SSI use a .shtml extension.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
All of the Linux cloud hosting we offer support Server Side Includes, so you can bring in dynamic components to your static website which you host on our cloud system. By creating an empty .htaccess file and entering a few lines of code in it, you'll be able to activate SSI for a domain name or a subdomain. The file involved needs to be in the exact folder where you will use SSI and you will see the code inside our Frequently Asked Questions section, which means you do not need any kind of coding experience. Our 24/7 tech support crew shall also be able to assist you with activating Server Side Includes if you are not absolutely sure what to do. You should furthermore make sure to modify the extension of all files that will utilize SSI from .html to .shtml and make sure that the links on your website point to the appropriate files.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
Server Side Includes can be activated easily with every single semi-dedicated server package that we offer and the full process will take you less than a minute and merely a few clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choosing, then incorporating a few lines of code, which you will be able to get from the SSI article inside our complete Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining after that shall be to double-check if all web pages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to update backlinks to different web pages on your site, to represent the changes in the file extensions.