Server Side Includes (SSI) is a list of directives that will enable you to contain the content of a text file inside an HTML file. This way, you're able to add any kind of content to a few different web pages in your site and adjust it simply by modifying a single text file. You can additionally add the output of different scripts so that the current time and date, the IP address of the visitor or the properties of some file display on your website. This will help you add in some dynamic content to static webpages, making the site more desirable to your website visitors and giving it a professional overall appearance. It will also be much easier to update this content compared to editing each static web page one by one. If you would like to use Server Side Includes on your site, the web pages that contain the content of any kind of file must be with extension .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Server Side Includes is supported on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the shared web hosting plan which you choose, it's possible to utilize this function and make your site a lot more dynamic. All that you will need to do is to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and add a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply won't need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to just copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can help you enable SSI for any specific site. You just have to change the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to these webpages on the website are correct.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It won't take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan through us. When you decide to activate this feature, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In this file, you have to copy and paste some code, that you can find in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous knowledge about such things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing all the links in your website, so they point to the renamed files.