Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source inside a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from a file is included in a second one, providing a website the sense that it's dynamic. For example, if your website comprises of 10 web pages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which will allow you to bring up to date your site much easier than if you had to update a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to contain the output of basic 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 employs SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting
It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all cloud web hosting packages we offer you and enable it separately for every domain or subdomain in your own hosting account. This can be accomplished when using an .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you need to enter a couple of lines of code in that file. You can see the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply copy and paste it, since you don't need any coding knowledge to benefit from all characteristics that our services contain. If you have currently built your website and you want to use Server Side Includes later on, you have to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI won't work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes could be activated without any difficulty with every semi-dedicated server plan that we provide you with and the whole process shall take you less than a minute and only a couple of mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain main folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP program of your choice, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to get out of the SSI article within our complete Knowledgebase. The one thing left then will be to double-check if all web pages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to modify the links to different pages on your website, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.