Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source within a web page. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is incorporated in another, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your website comprises of ten web pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. In case you alter this text file, the updated content will come up on all five web pages, which will enable you to update your website much easier than if you had to update a part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that employs SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able make use of this function with any of the cloud hosting packages that we feature and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with only a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for every individual domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, there is no need to be a coder for that since the required code may be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to employ this function for your website, you must rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be enabled without any difficulty with every single semi-dedicated server plan that we provide you with and the entire process shall take you less than a minute and simply a couple of mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choosing, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article in our thorough Knowledgebase. The one thing left following that shall be to double-check if all of the web pages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and to edit backlinks to different webpages on your website, as a way to represent the changes in the file extensions.