Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source inside a web page. In the most widespread case, the text from a single file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your website features ten pages, five of them can have the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which shall let you revise your website faster and easier than if you had to modify part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting platform, so whatever the web hosting service that you select, it's possible to utilize this feature making your site much more dynamic. All that you will need to do is to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you want to use SSI and then add a couple of lines of code inside it. You'll not need any coding skills however, since you can simply just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for a specific site. You just need to customize the extension of any html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those pages on the site are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled with no trouble with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the whole process is going to take you just one minute and simply a number of clicks. You can enable SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your preference, then adding a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article in our complete Knowledgebase. The one thing left after that shall be to double-check if all of the pages that shall use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to alter backlinks to different pages on your website, in order to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.