Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source inside a web page. In the most popular case, the text from a file is incorporated in another, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For example, in case your website has 10 pages, 5 of them can easily include the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. As soon as you change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which will allow you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases utilized to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that works by using SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so whatever the website hosting you choose, you'll be able to utilize this feature and make your website more dynamic. All that you must do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and then include a number of lines of code inside. You simply will not require any coding skills though, as you can just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for any given website. You need to simply modify the extension of the html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these webpages on the website are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It will not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. When you decide to activate this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, that you can find in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge of these types of things. The only 2 things you should deal with are renaming all of the pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links on your site, to make sure they point to the updated files.