Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source in a web page. In the most typical case, the text from one file is included in a second one, providing a website the sense that it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site is made of ten web pages, five of them can contain the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five pages, which shall enable you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that utilizes SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to utilize this function with the cloud web hosting packages we offer and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with a few mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for each individual domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to be a coder for that since the needed code may be copied from the Help post that we have about Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this function for your website, it's important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be enabled effortlessly with every semi-dedicated server package that we offer and the whole process is going to take you only a minute and just a few mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your choice, then incorporating a number of lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article within our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining after that shall be to double-check if all web pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to edit backlinks to different webpages on your site, to represent the changes in the file extensions.