Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specified source inside a website. In the most widespread situation, the text from one file is integrated in another, providing a site the feeling it is dynamic. For example, in case your website includes ten webpages, 5 of them can include the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five web pages, which shall enable you to bring up to date your site much easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

Since our unique cloud hosting platform features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy to utilize this feature with all of the web hosting plans we feature and add in dynamic content to your sites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for every individual domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the website folder with only a few lines of code. Of course, you do not have to turn into a developer for that as the necessary code can be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this feature for your website, it's important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all links on your website lead to the up to date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled in no time with each semi-dedicated server plan that our company offers and the entire process is going to take you only a minute and simply a few clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choosing, then adding a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to copy from the SSI article in our thorough Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining following that is to double-check if all pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to change backlinks to different webpages on your website, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.