Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specified source in a website. In the most widespread scenario, the text from one file is included in a second one, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. For instance, if your site consists of 10 pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will appear on all five pages, which shall enable you to bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to update a component of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so no matter the cloud web hosting service you pick, it will be possible to make use of this function and make your website a lot more dynamic. All that you need to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and add a few lines of code in it. You simply will not need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able just copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for any specified website. You need to simply customize the extension of any html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those pages on the website are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package through our company. When you choose to activate this function, you must set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you need SSI to be enabled. In this file, you need to copy some code, that you can find in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge of this kind of matters. The only two things you ought to take care of are renaming all of pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date each of the links in your website, to make sure they point to the updated files.