Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specified source inside a website. In the most typical case, the text from one file is integrated in a different one, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, in case your site has ten webpages, five of them can contain the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. Once you modify this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five web pages, which will permit you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting system, so whatever the shared website hosting plan which you pick, it will be possible to utilize this feature and make your website much more dynamic. All that you have to do is to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and include a handful of lines of code inside. You won't need any coding skills though, as you're able to just copy the needed code from our help section, or our tech support team can help you enable SSI for any specified website. You just have to change the extension of any html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those web pages on the site are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be enabled without any difficulty with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the full process is going to take you less than a minute and just a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choice, then adding a number of lines of code, which you will be able to copy from the SSI article inside our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining then will be to double-check if all of the webpages that will implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to modify backlinks to different web pages on your website, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.