Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source within a website. In the most typical situation, the text from a file is incorporated in a different one, giving a site the feeling it is dynamic. For instance, in case your website is comprised of 10 web pages, 5 of them can include the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which shall permit you to update your site much easier than if you had to change part of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our progressive cloud hosting system, so regardless of the Linux shared hosting package which you choose, it will be possible to use this function making your website much more dynamic. All you will need to do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and after that include a few lines of code inside. You'll not require any coding skills however, as you're able basically copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for any specified website. You need to simply modify the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these web pages on the site are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server package with us. When you choose to enable this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you'll see in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge about these types of things. The only 2 things you must take care of are renaming all pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing each of the links on your site, in order that they point to the updated files.