Server Side Includes (SSI) is actually a set of directives that will enable you to incorporate the content of a text file within an HTML file. In this way, you are able to add any kind of content to various web pages in your site and modify it simply by modifying one text file. You can also incorporate the output of distinctive scripts so that the present date and time, the IP address of the visitor or the attributes of a file show on your site. This shall let you add in some dynamic content to static webpages, making the website more desirable to your website visitors and creating a more professional appearance. It will be easier to update this content compared to editing each static page one at a time. If you would like to use Server Side Includes on your site, the pages that contain the content of some file must be with extension .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

It will be easy to use Server Side Includes with all website hosting plans that we offer you and enable it separately for each domain or subdomain within your hosting account. You can do this by utilizing an .htaccess file, which should be positiioned in the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You will find the code in our Knowledgebase area, so you can just copy it, as you do not need any coding skills to take advantage of all of the capabilities that our solutions contain. In case you have already built your website and you wish to use Server Side Includes later, you will need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you decide to activate this function, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy some code, which you can find in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about these types of matters. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all of webpages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all the links on your site, so that they lead to the updated files.