Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source in a website. In the most popular scenario, the text from a single file is incorporated in another, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, if your website includes 10 pages, 5 of them can contain the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you alter this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five web pages, which shall permit you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to update a part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that uses SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all cloud hosting packages we offer you and enable it individually for every domain or subdomain in your hosting account. This can be achieved with an .htaccess file, which should be placed into the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can see the code within our Knowledgebase area, so you can just copy and paste it, since you don't need any coding capabilities to benefit from all of the characteristics that our services feature. In case you have already built your site and you would like to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you will need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, or else SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you choose to activate this function, you have to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy and paste some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous experience with this kind of things. The only 2 things you ought to take care of are renaming all of the webpages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links in your website, so they point to the renamed files.