Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source inside a website. In the most popular scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a different one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, if your site is made of 10 pages, 5 of them can include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Once you alter this text file, the modified content will come up on all five pages, which shall allow you to update your website much easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes 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. Any webpage that works by using SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to make use of this function with all of the shared hosting packages we feature and add in dynamic content to your sites with only a few mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for each individual domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Certainly, you do not have to become a developer for that because the necessary code can be copied from the Help article we have about Server Side Includes. If you want to employ this function for your site, you must rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website point to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. When you decide to activate this function, you will need to set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy and paste some code, which you'll see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about this kind of things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links on your website, so they lead to the updated files.