Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source within a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in a second one, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, in case your site comprises of ten webpages, 5 of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the new content will come up on all five webpages, which shall enable you to revise your site much easier than if you had to update part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that uses SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

It will be easy to use Server Side Includes with all hosting packages we provide and enable it individually for every domain or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be achieved by using an .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder in which you want to use SSI and you have to type in a couple of lines of code in that file. You'll find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you're able to just copy and paste it, as you don't need any coding knowledge to take advantage of all of the characteristics that our services have. In case you have currently built your site and you want to use Server Side Includes afterwards, you need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, otherwise SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes can be enabled with ease with every single semi-dedicated server plan that we provide and the entire process will take you less than a minute and simply a few mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by making an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choice, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, which you'll be able to copy out of the SSI article within our thorough 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 also to modify the links to different webpages on your website, as a way to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.