Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a second one, providing a site the feeling it is dynamic. As an example, if your website consists of 10 webpages, five of them can contain the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five web pages, which shall allow you to update your website much easier than if you had to change a part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

All the cloud hosting plans that we offer you support Server Side Includes, so you're able to include dynamic elements to any static website which you host on our cloud platform. By creating an empty .htaccess file and typing in a couple of lines of code in it, you are able to activate SSI for a domain or a subdomain. The file involved needs to be inside the exact folder where you are going to use SSI and you'll find the code in our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you don't need any kind of coding practical experience. The 24/7 technical support team will also be able to assist you with enabling Server Side Includes if you aren't confident how to proceed. You should furthermore make sure to modify the extension of all files which will use SSI from .html to .shtml and make certain that the links on your website lead to the correct files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes could be activated without any difficulty with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the whole process will take you less than a minute and just a number of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your preference, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be able to copy out of the SSI article inside our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining after that will be to double-check if all webpages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to edit the links to different pages on your website, as a way to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.