Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source within a web page. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is incorporated in a second one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For example, if your site features ten pages, five of them can easily contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five pages, which will let you update your website much easier than if you had to modify a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that uses SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our modern cloud hosting system, so regardless of the Linux cloud web hosting which you choose, you'll be able to utilize this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All that you must do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want to use SSI and then include a couple of lines of code inside. You will not require any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you activate SSI for a specified site. You need to simply customize the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these webpages on the site are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you decide to activate this feature, you have to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of these types of matters. The only 2 things you need to deal with are renaming all of web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing all the links in your website, so they point to the updated files.