Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a given source in a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from one file is incorporated in another, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. For instance, in case your website includes ten webpages, five of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which shall help you update your website much easier than if you had to modify an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all cloud hosting plans that we offer and enable it independently for every domain name or subdomain inside your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using an .htaccess file, which should be put into the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you need to type in a couple of lines of code in that file. You can get the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you're able to simply copy and paste it, as you do not need any coding skills to take advantage of all functions that our services feature. If you have currently built your website and you wish to employ Server Side Includes later, you will need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, otherwise SSI is not going to work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
Server Side Includes could be activated effortlessly with every single semi-dedicated server package that we provide and the entire process shall take you under a minute and just a few mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making an empty .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choice, then incorporating a number of lines of code, which you'll be capable to copy from the SSI article within our complete Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining after that will be to double-check if all webpages that shall implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to update backlinks to different pages on your site, in order to represent the modifications in the file extensions.