Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most popular case, the text from one file is included in another, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your website includes 10 webpages, 5 of them can have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the updated content will appear on all five pages, which will help you update your site much easier than if you had to modify a part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to to use this function with the shared web hosting plans that we feature and add dynamic content to your sites with only a few mouse clicks. SSI is activated for each particular domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Of course, you don't have to be a developer for that as the required code may be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to utilize this feature for your website, you'll want to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your website point to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes may be enabled with ease with each semi-dedicated server plan that we provide you with and the full process will take you just one minute and simply a few mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choice, then typing in a couple of lines of code, that you will be capable to get out of the SSI article in our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left after that shall be to double-check if all web pages that will use Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to edit the links to different pages on your website, so as to represent the changes in the file extensions.