Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source within a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from a single file is included in a different one, giving a site the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, if your website is comprised of ten pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the modified content will appear on all five web pages, which shall allow you to revise your website faster and easier than if you had to change an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
Since our customized cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible make use of this feature with all of the website hosting
plans that we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with only a few mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for each particular domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Certainly, there is no need to be a coder for that as the needed code can be copied from the Help article we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you'd like to utilize this feature for your site, it's important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website point to the up-to-date names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It will not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server
plan from us. If you decide to activate this function, you need to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy some code, which you can get 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 don't require any previous knowledge of these types of matters. The only two things you need to deal with are renaming all web pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links in your site, so that they lead to the updated files.