Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a given source in a website. In the most widespread situation, the text from one file is incorporated in another, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, if your website consists of 10 web pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will appear on all five web pages, which shall help you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to update a part of all five 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 website, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that makes use of SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so no matter the shared web hosting plan which you pick, you will be able to make use of this feature making your site more dynamic. Everything you will need to do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and include a number of lines of code in it. You simply won't need any kind of coding skills however, as you can simply copy the needed code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for a given website. You just have to change the extension of any html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to those webpages on the site are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
Server Side Includes could be activated with ease with every single semi-dedicated server package that we provide you with and the whole process shall take you only a minute and merely a couple of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choice, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to copy from the SSI article inside our detailed Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining following that is to double-check if all of the web pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to update backlinks to different pages on your website, in order to reflect the changes in the file extensions.