Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source in a web page. In the most widespread case, the text from a single file is incorporated in a different one, giving a site the feeling it is dynamic. For instance, if your site consists of ten pages, five of them can easily contain the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the new content will come up on all five webpages, which will permit you to update your site much easier than if you had to update a part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases utilized to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

All the Linux shared hosting we provide support Server Side Includes, so you can bring in dynamic elements to your static website that you host on our cloud system. By setting up a clear .htaccess file and entering some lines of code in it, you are able to activate SSI for a domain or a subdomain. The file involved needs to be in the exact folder where you are going to use SSI and you can also discover the code inside our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you do not need any kind of coding practical experience. Our 24/7 technical support team shall also be able to assist you with enabling Server Side Includes if you are not confident what to do. You should furthermore remember to change the extension of all of the files which will implement SSI from .html to .shtml and make certain that the links on your site point to the proper files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server package with us. When you choose to activate this function, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In that file, you must copy some code, which you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous knowledge of this kind of things. The only 2 things you should take care of are renaming all of web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing all the links in your website, in order that they point to the updated files.