Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source inside a web page. In the most common situation, the text from one file is incorporated in another, providing a site the sense that it's dynamic. As an example, in case your site features 10 pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the modified content will come up on all five webpages, which will help you revise your website faster and easier than if you had to update a component of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that employs SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting system, so no matter the shared web hosting you choose, it will be easy to use this function and make your website much more dynamic. All you will have to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you wish to use SSI and after that add a few lines of code inside it. You won't need any kind of coding skills though, as you can simply copy the necessary code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you enable SSI for any given website. You need to simply modify the extension of the html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these pages on the site are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It will not take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. If you decide to activate this function, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In that file, you need to copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter inside the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge about these types of matters. The only two things you ought to take care of are renaming all of the web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links on your site, to ensure that they point to the renamed files.