Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source inside a web page. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is incorporated in a second one, giving a website the sense it is dynamic. For example, if your website is made of ten pages, 5 of them can have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five web pages, which will allow you to update your website much easier than if you had to change a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

As our custom cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to make use of this function with any of the cloud hosting plans that we offer and bring dynamic content to your websites with a few mouse clicks. SSI is enabled for each individual domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with only a few lines of code. Certainly, you don't need to be a coder for that since the required code can be copied from the Help post that we have about Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this function for your site, it is important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your site lead to the modified names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes can be activated without difficulty with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we provide and the whole process shall take you just one minute and simply a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choice, then adding a few lines of code, that you will be capable to get from the SSI article in our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left after that will be to double-check if all of the web pages that shall use Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to edit the links to different pages on your site, as a way to reflect the changes in the file extensions.