Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most common scenario, the text from one file is integrated in another, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. As an example, if your website consists of 10 web pages, 5 of them can have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five webpages, which shall permit you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to modify a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to incorporate 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 customer's IP address. Any webpage that utilizes SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Since our custom cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy make use of this feature with any of the website hosting plans we have and bring dynamic content to your websites with a few mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for every individual domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with a few lines of code. Certainly, you don't need to be a developer for that because the needed code may be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this feature for your website, you will need to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be activated without any difficulty with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the whole process is going to take you only a minute and simply several mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your choosing, then incorporating a number of lines of code, which you'll be capable to copy out of the SSI article inside our complete Knowledgebase. The only thing left after that shall be to double-check if all of the pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and then to modify the links to different web pages on your website, to represent the modifications in the file extensions.