Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specific source in a web page. In the most common scenario, the text from a file is integrated in another, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your website has 10 web pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you change this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five web pages, which will allow you to bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting
It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all cloud web hosting packages we offer and enable it independently for each domain or subdomain inside your hosting account. You can do this with an .htaccess file, which should be positiioned in the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can find the code inside our Knowledgebase section, so you're able to just copy and paste it, as you do not need any coding knowledge to take advantage of all characteristics that our services contain. In case you have currently built your website and you want to use Server Side Includes afterwards, you have to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, otherwise SSI won't work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes may be enabled with ease with each and every semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the whole process will take you less than a minute and only several mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file within a domain name or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP application of your choosing, then adding a couple of lines of code, which you will be able to copy out of the SSI article in our thorough Knowledgebase. The one thing left then is to double-check if all webpages that will implement Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to edit the links to different web pages on your website, in order to represent the changes in the file extensions.