Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most popular situation, the text from one file is incorporated in a second one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, if your website consists of ten web pages, 5 of them can have the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the new content will come up on all of the five web pages, which will permit you to bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes utilized to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that employs SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to use this function with all of the cloud hosting packages we offer and bring dynamic content to your websites with only a few clicks. SSI is enabled for every specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, there is no need to be a coder for that because the required code may be copied from the Help article we have related to Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this feature for your site, you will need to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all links on your website point to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. If you decide to enable this function, you have to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge of this kind of things. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all of webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all the links on your website, so they lead to the updated files.