Server Side Includes (SSI) is a group of directives that will enable you to include the content of a text file within an HTML file. In this manner, you'll be able to add some content to few different pages on your site and adjust it by just editing a single text file. You are able to additionally incorporate the output of different scripts so the present date and time, the IP address of the website visitor or the attributes of a file show up on your site. This shall enable you to add some dynamic content to static webpages, making the website more desirable to your visitors and giving it a professional overall look. It will also be quicker to revise this content as compared to editing every static page one by one. If you would like to use Server Side Includes in your website, the web pages that include the content of some file need to be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

All the cloud web hosting we offer support Server Side Includes, so you can bring in dynamic components to any static website that you host on our cloud platform. By creating an empty .htaccess file and adding a few lines of code within it, you'll be able to enable SSI for a domain name or a subdomain. The file involved must be inside the specific folder where you will use SSI and you can discover the code within our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you do not need any coding experience. The 24/7 technical support team will also be able to help you with activating Server Side Includes if you're not certain what to do. You should also remember to modify the extension of all files that are going to implement SSI from .html to .shtml and make sure that the links on your website lead to the appropriate files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. When you choose to activate this feature, you must create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be enabled. In that file, you need to copy some code, which you'll find in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge about this kind of matters. The only two things you need to take care of are renaming all of webpages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing every one of the links on your site, to make sure they lead to the updated files.