Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source in a website. In the most common situation, the text from a file is included in a different one, providing a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, in case your site features ten web pages, 5 of them can have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will come up on all five pages, which shall help you update your site much easier than if you had to modify part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that makes use of SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

You'll be able to use Server Side Includes with all cloud web hosting plans that we offer you and activate it individually for every domain name or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using .htaccess file, which should be put into the folder in which you want to use SSI and you have to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You'll find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy it, since you do not need any coding expertise to benefit from all features that our solutions contain. If you have currently built your site and you want to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you have to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, or else SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package through our company. When you choose to activate this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In this file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous experience with these types of matters. The only two things you should take care of are renaming all of pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing each of the links in your website, in order that they point to the renamed files.