Server Side Includes (SSI) is a list of directives that will enable you to contain the content of a text file in an HTML file. In this way, you're able to add some content to few different webpages in your site and modify it by just updating a single text file. You are able to furthermore add the output of distinctive scripts so that the current date and time, the IP address of the website visitor or the attributes of a file appear on your site. This shall allow you to incorporate some dynamic content to static pages, making the site more inviting to your visitors and creating a professional visual appearance. It will be easier to update this content as compared to editing each static page one at a time. If you want to use Server Side Includes on your website, the pages that incorporate the content of any kind of file should be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared hosting packages that we offer and activate it separately for every single domain or subdomain in your own hosting account. This can be achieved by utilizing an .htaccess file, which needs to be put into the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to put a couple of lines of code in that file. You can get the code inside our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy and paste it, as you don't need any coding skills to benefit from all of the functions that our services include. In case you have already built your website and you want to employ Server Side Includes later, you have to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, otherwise SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package with us. When you decide to activate this feature, you must create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy and paste some code, which you'll find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous knowledge about these types of things. The only 2 things you need to take care of are renaming all of the pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing every one of the links in your site, so they lead to the renamed files.