Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source in a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in a different one, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. As an example, if your site is comprised of 10 pages, five of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the modified content will come up on all five web pages, which will let you bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that makes use of SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so whatever the shared web hosting which you select, you will be able to utilize this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All you must do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and after that include a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply will not require any kind of coding skills though, since you can simply copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you enable SSI for a specified website. You just have to change the extension of any html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those web pages on the website are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. When you choose to enable this feature, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about such matters. The only two things you need to deal with are renaming all pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all of the links in your website, to make sure they lead to the renamed files.