Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specific source inside a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is integrated in a different one, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For example, if your site consists of ten web pages, five of them can contain the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the updated content will appear on all five web pages, which will enable you to update your site much easier than if you had to change a part of all five web 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 date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

As our unique cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to make use of this function with any of the shared hosting packages we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Certainly, you don't have to become a coder for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help article we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this function for your site, it is important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. If you decide to enable this feature, you need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy some code, that you can find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge of this kind of matters. The only two things you ought to take care of are renaming all web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing every one of the links in your site, in order that they lead to the renamed files.