Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source inside a website. In the most typical case, the text from a single file is incorporated in a different one, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site has 10 webpages, 5 of them can include the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the new content will appear on all five pages, which will let you revise your site much easier than if you had to change part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our customized cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible to make use of this function with any of the cloud website hosting packages we offer and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to be a programmer for that as the required code may be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you want to utilize this feature for your site, you'll have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all links on your site lead to the current names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes can be activated without difficulty with every single semi-dedicated server package that our company offers and the whole process is going to take you less than a minute and only a few clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP application of your choice, then adding a number of lines of code, which you will be able to get out of the SSI article within our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining after that will be to double-check if all of the webpages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to update backlinks to different pages on your site, in order to represent the modifications in the file extensions.