Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from one file is included in another, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site comprises of ten webpages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. Any time you change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five web pages, which shall let you update your site faster and easier than if you had to change part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Every web page that employs SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting system, so regardless of the shared web hosting package which you choose, you will be able to use this function making your site much more dynamic. All you have to do is to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and after that include a handful of lines of code in it. You'll not require any kind of coding skills though, as you're able basically copy the necessary code from the help section, or our tech support team can help you activate SSI for any specific site. You just need to change the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these webpages on the site are accurate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It will not take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package from us. When you decide to enable this function, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want SSI to be enabled. In this file, you must copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior experience with these types of matters. The only two things you need to deal with are renaming all of the web pages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating each of the links on your site, so they point to the renamed files.