Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a given source in a web page. In the most popular situation, the text from one file is included in another, giving a site the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, if your site is comprised of 10 web pages, five of them can include the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will appear on all five pages, which shall permit you to update your website much easier than if you had to update a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our modern cloud hosting system, so whatever the cloud hosting that you pick, it will be easy to use this function making your site much more dynamic. Everything you will need to do is to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want to use SSI and after that include a handful of lines of code inside it. You'll not need any kind of coding skills however, as you're able basically copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can help you activate SSI for a specific website. You need to simply customize the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these pages on the website are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled without any difficulty with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that our company offers and the entire process will take you under a minute and just a number of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your choosing, then adding a couple of lines of code, which you will be able to copy from the SSI article inside our complete Knowledgebase. The only thing left then is to double-check if all of the webpages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to edit the links to different web pages on your site, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.