Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source inside a website. In the most typical case, the text from a single file is integrated in a different one, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your site includes 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. In case you change this text file, the updated content will come up on all five webpages, which will help you bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to change a part of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the cloud web hosting plans that we provide and enable it individually for every domain name or subdomain within your hosting account. You can do this when using .htaccess file, which needs to be positiioned in the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to enter a few lines of code in that file. You can get the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you're able to just copy and paste it, since you do not need any programming expertise to benefit from all of the capabilities that our solutions incorporate. In case you have currently built your site and you would like to use Server Side Includes later on, you need to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, otherwise SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server plan through us. When you choose to enable this function, you need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you have to copy some code, which you can find in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about such things. The only 2 things you must deal with are renaming all of web pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing each of the links on your site, to make sure they point to the updated files.