Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source in a website. In the most popular situation, the text from a file is included in a different one, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. As an example, if your website features ten pages, 5 of them can include the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five pages, which will permit you to revise your website much easier than if you had to change part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Since our unique cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you will be able to use this function with the shared hosting packages that we feature and bring dynamic content to your websites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI is enabled for each particular domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you do not have to be a coder for that because the required code can be copied from the Help article that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you would like to employ this function for your site, you will need to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your website point to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled easily with each semi-dedicated server package that we offer and the full process is going to take you under a minute and just a couple of clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choosing, then typing in a couple of lines of code, which you'll be able to get out of the SSI article in our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing left then shall be to double-check if all of the webpages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to edit backlinks to different web pages on your site, to represent the changes in the file extensions.