Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a given source in a web page. In the most typical scenario, the text from one file is included in another, giving a site the sense that it's dynamic. For example, in case your website includes 10 webpages, five of them can contain the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the modified content will come up on all of the five webpages, which will permit you to revise your website much easier than if you had to modify a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Any web page that utilizes SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is present on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the website hosting plan you choose, you will be able to make use of this function making your website more dynamic. Everything you must do will be to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and then add a couple of lines of code in it. You will not require any kind of coding skills however, as you're able to basically copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for a given site. You just need to change the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those web pages on the website are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be activated with ease with every single semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the full process will take you less than a minute and only several mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your preference, then incorporating a number of lines of code, that you will be able to copy from the SSI article within our complete Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that is to double-check if all pages that will implement Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to alter backlinks to different webpages on your website, as a way to represent the changes in the file extensions.