Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source within a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from one file is included in a different one, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, if your site is comprised of ten webpages, five of them can have 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 pages, which shall allow you to bring up to date your website much easier than if you had to update a component of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that employs SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all shared web hosting plans that we offer you and activate it separately for each and every domain name or subdomain in your own hosting account. You can do this when using an .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you have to put a few lines of code in that file. You'll find the code within our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply just copy it, as you do not need any coding capabilities to take advantage of all of the features that our services contain. If you have already built your site and you want to employ Server Side Includes later, you need to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It won't take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package from our company. When you decide to activate this feature, you must create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy some code, that you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior experience with such things. The only 2 things you must take care of are renaming all of web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing each of the links on your website, so they lead to the updated files.