Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source within a web page. In the most typical case, the text from one file is integrated in a different one, providing a website the sense that it is dynamic. For example, in case your website is made of 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the updated content will come up on all of the five webpages, which shall enable you to bring up to date your site faster and 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 is displayed on the site, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Since our customized cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to make use of this function with any of the cloud hosting plans we feature and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with just a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each individual domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you do not have to be a developer for that as the required code can be copied from the Help post we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you wish to use this function for your site, you must rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website lead to the up to date names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be activated effortlessly with every single semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the entire process shall take you under a minute and just a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choice, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to copy from the SSI article within our detailed Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining then is to double-check if all pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and also to alter backlinks to different webpages on your website, to represent the changes in the file extensions.