Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specified source within a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in another, providing a website the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, if your website is comprised of 10 web pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the modified content will appear on all of the five web pages, which shall allow you to bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to modify a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all cloud website hosting plans that we provide and enable it independently for every single domain or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be achieved when using an .htaccess file, which needs to be placed into the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to enter a few lines of code in that file. You will find the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you can just copy it, as you do not need any programming skills to benefit from all functions that our solutions have. If you have already built your site and you wish to employ Server Side Includes later, you need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, or else SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. If you decide to enable this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy and paste some code, which you can get 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 don't require any prior knowledge about this kind of things. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all the links in your website, to ensure that they lead to the renamed files.