Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source in a website. In the most widespread situation, the text from one file is integrated in another, providing a website the sense that it's dynamic. For example, in case your site is comprised of ten web pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five web pages, which shall let you revise your website much easier than if you had to update part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to use this function with any of the shared hosting packages we offer you and bring dynamic content to your sites with a couple of clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with only a few lines of code. Of course, you don't have to become a developer for that as the required code may be copied from the Help post we have about Server Side Includes. If you wish to use this feature for your website, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website lead to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be enabled easily with every semi-dedicated server plan that our company offers and the full process shall take you less than a minute and simply a couple of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your preference, then incorporating a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to copy out of the SSI article inside our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing left then is to double-check if all web pages that will use Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to edit the links to different pages on your website, so as to represent the changes in the file extensions.