Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source in a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, in case your website is made of ten pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. Any time you alter this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which will help you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to modify an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that employs SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting platform offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to make use of this feature with all of the shared hosting plans that we have and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with only a few lines of code. Certainly, you don't need to turn into a coder for that because the needed code may be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to use this feature for your website, you'll have to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your website point to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. When you decide to enable this feature, you need to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy some code, that you can get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You will find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous knowledge about such matters. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating each of the links in your site, so they lead to the renamed files.