Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a given source within a web page. In the most typical case, the text from one file is included in a second one, providing a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For example, if your site is comprised of 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. As soon as you change this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all five pages, which will help you bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to update part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every web page that utilizes SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

All the web hosting we provide support Server Side Includes, so that you can incorporate dynamic elements to your static site that you host on our cloud platform. By making a blank .htaccess file and entering several lines of code inside, you'll be able to activate SSI for a domain name or a subdomain. The file involved must be in the specific folder where you are going to use SSI and you'll get the code within our Frequently Asked Questions section, which means you do not need any coding experience. The 24/7 technical support team shall also be in a position to help you with activating Server Side Includes if you're not absolutely sure how to proceed. You should also make sure to change the extension of all your files which will use SSI from .html to .shtml and make certain that the links on your website point to the proper files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be enabled in no time with each semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the whole process is going to take you only a minute and only a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your preference, then typing in a number of lines of code, that you will be capable to get from the SSI article within our in depth Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that will be to double-check if all of the web pages that will implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to modify the links to different web pages on your website, in order to represent the changes in the file extensions.