Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source in a website. In the most typical situation, the text from one file is integrated in another, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, in case your site features 10 webpages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the new content will appear on all five web pages, which shall allow you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to change a part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Since our unique cloud hosting platform offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy to use this feature with all of the shared hosting packages that we feature and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with only a few mouse clicks. SSI is enabled for every particular domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you do not have to turn into a coder for that because the necessary code can be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to use this function for your site, it's important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml plus 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

Server Side Includes can be enabled with ease with every semi-dedicated server plan that we provide and the whole process shall take you under a minute and merely a number of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your choice, then adding a number of lines of code, that you will be able to copy from the SSI article within our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining following that is to double-check if all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to change the links to different webpages on your website, as a way to represent the modifications in the file extensions.