Server Side Includes (SSI) is actually a group of directives that will allow you to contain the content of a text file within an HTML file. In this way, you are able to add some content to few different web pages on your site and modify it just by updating a single text file. You can furthermore add the output of different scripts so that the present date and time, the IP address of the website visitor or the attributes of a file display on your website. This will enable you to incorporate some dynamic content to static pages, making the website more appealing to your visitors and creating a far more professional look and feel. It will also be easier to revise this content in comparison to updating every static web page one by one. If you would like to use Server Side Includes in your site, the pages that contain the content of some file should be with extension .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so whatever the Linux shared web hosting that you select, it will be possible to use this function making your site more dynamic. All you must do is to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want to use SSI and after that add a couple of lines of code inside it. You'll not require any coding skills though, as you can basically copy the necessary code from our help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for any specified site. You just have to customize the extension of the html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these webpages on the site are accurate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It shall not take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. If you decide to enable this feature, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, that you can find in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You will find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous experience with these types of things. The only 2 things you must deal with are renaming all of web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all of the links on your website, in order that they lead to the updated files.