Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specified source inside a web page. In the most common scenario, the text from one file is included in another, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. For example, in case your website is comprised of 10 webpages, five of them can contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. Once you modify this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which shall let you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that utilizes SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

As our custom made cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, you are able make use of this feature with all of the shared website hosting plans that we offer and add dynamic content to your websites with just a few mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for every particular domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Certainly, you do not have to turn into a developer for that as the necessary code may be copied from the Help post that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you'd like to employ this feature for your site, you must rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your website lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package through our company. When you choose to enable this feature, you must make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can find in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous experience with such matters. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all webpages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all the links on your website, in order that they point to the updated files.