Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specific source inside a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in a second one, giving a site the feeling it is dynamic. For example, if your website includes 10 web pages, 5 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 webpages, which shall help you bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to incorporate the output of simple 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. Any web page that utilizes SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is present on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so no matter the website hosting which you pick, you will be able to utilize this feature making your website a lot more dynamic. All you will have to 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 include a number of lines of code in it. You will not require any kind of coding skills though, as you can basically copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you to activate SSI for a specific site. You just have to change the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those web pages on the site are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes can be enabled with ease with each semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the full process will take you under a minute and just a few clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choice, then typing in a couple of lines of code, which you will be capable to get from the SSI article within our complete Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that is to double-check if all pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to edit the links to different web pages on your website, to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.