Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source within a web page. In the most widespread situation, the text from a file is incorporated in another, providing a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your site consists of 10 webpages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. Once you alter this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which will 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 occasionally used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is featured on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so whatever the Linux cloud hosting that you choose, it will be easy to utilize this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All you will need to do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and then include a few lines of code inside. You simply will not need any kind of coding skills though, as you can just copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for a specified site. You just have to modify the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these web pages on the website are appropriate.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It shall not take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. When you decide to enable this feature, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you must copy and paste some code, which you can see in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You'll find the latter in the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any previous experience with these types of matters. The only two things you should deal with are renaming all webpages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing all of the links on your site, to ensure that they lead to the updated files.