Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source inside a website. In the most typical situation, the text from a file is integrated in another, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, if your site involves ten pages, five of them can easily have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you alter this text file, the updated content will come up on all of the five pages, which shall let you update your site much easier than if you had to modify part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

As our customized cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible to utilize this function with the website hosting plans that we offer and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a couple of clicks. SSI is enabled for each specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you don't have to become a coder for that as the required code can be copied from the Help article that we have about Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this function for your site, you will need to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your website lead to the up-to-date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be activated in no time with every semi-dedicated server package that our company offers and the whole process is going to take you only a minute and simply a couple of mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choice, then adding a number of lines of code, which you will be able to copy out of the SSI article within our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining then will be to double-check if all webpages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to edit backlinks to different webpages on your site, so as to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.