Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specific source in a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is integrated in another, providing a site the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site comprises of 10 pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the new content will come up on all five webpages, which will permit you to revise your website much easier than if you had to update part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Any web page that employs SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Since our customized cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to to use this feature with all of the website hosting plans that we offer and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a couple of clicks. SSI is enabled for every specific domain or subdomain by placing 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 as the required code can be copied from the Help article that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to employ this feature for your website, it is important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website point to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan with our company. When you decide to activate this feature, you must make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you must copy some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous knowledge about these types of things. The only 2 things you must deal with are renaming all webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all the links on your website, to make sure they point to the updated files.