Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specified source in a website. In the most common situation, the text from a single file is included in a second one, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. As an example, if your site includes ten webpages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. Once you alter this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five web pages, which shall enable you to bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to modify an element 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's shown on the site, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that employs SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Web Hosting

It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the web hosting plans that we offer you and enable it individually for each and every domain or subdomain in your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using an .htaccess file, which should be put into the folder in which you want to use SSI and you need to put a couple of lines of code in that file. You can see the code within our Knowledgebase area, so you're able to simply copy and paste it, as you don't need any coding knowledge to take advantage of all capabilities that our solutions feature. In case you have by now built your site and you wish to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you have to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the site, or else SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. If you decide to activate this feature, you have to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can get in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any previous experience with this kind of things. The only 2 things you must take care of are renaming all web pages that will employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing every one of the links in your website, so they lead to the renamed files.