Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source in a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from a single file is incorporated in a different one, giving a site the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site is comprised of ten webpages, 5 of them can easily have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. Once you modify this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which will permit you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to modify part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases utilized to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system has Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to use this function with any of the shared web hosting packages that we feature and add in dynamic content to your sites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for each individual domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to turn into a programmer for that since the required code can be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this function for your website, you will need to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package with us. If you decide to enable this feature, you need to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge of these types of matters. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all the links on your website, in order that they point to the updated files.