Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source in a web page. In the most popular situation, the text from a file is incorporated in another, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. As an example, if your site is made of ten pages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the updated content will appear on all five webpages, which shall enable you to bring up to date your website much easier than if you had to update part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

All Linux website hosting packages we offer support Server Side Includes, so you can add dynamic components to any static website which you host on our cloud system. By making a blank .htaccess file and adding a couple of lines of code in it, you're able to activate SSI for a domain name or maybe a subdomain. The file concerned needs to be inside the exact folder where you will use SSI and you can also see the code within our Frequently Asked Questions section, so you don't need any coding practical experience. The 24/7 technical support team shall also be in a position to help you with enabling Server Side Includes if you aren't confident how to proceed. You should furthermore make sure to modify the extension of all files that are going to utilize SSI from .html to .shtml and make sure that the links on your site lead to the proper files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It will not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. When you decide to activate this function, you will need to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want SSI to be active. In that file, you need to copy and paste some code, that you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about these types of things. The only two things you need to deal with are renaming all of the pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all of the links on your website, to make sure they lead to the renamed files.