Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source within a web page. In the most widespread situation, the text from a single file is integrated in another, providing a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, if your website consists of 10 pages, 5 of them can contain the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the new content will come up on all of the five webpages, which will allow you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to update a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

You'll be able to use Server Side Includes with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and activate it separately for every single domain name or subdomain in your own hosting account. This can be achieved with an .htaccess file, which should be positiioned in the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can find the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you're able to simply copy and paste it, since you do not need any programming capabilities to take advantage of all of the characteristics that our solutions include. In case you have by now built your site and you would like to use Server Side Includes later on, you must make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, otherwise SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It will not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package with our company. When you decide to activate this feature, you have to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of such matters. The only 2 things you ought to deal with are renaming all web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all of the links in your website, so that they point to the updated files.