Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a given source inside a website. In the most popular scenario, the text from one file is incorporated in another, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site involves ten webpages, 5 of them can have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the new content will appear on all five web pages, which shall allow you to revise your website much easier than if you had to modify part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
As our customized cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to work with this feature with all of the shared web hosting packages that we have and add in dynamic content to your sites with only a few clicks. SSI can be activated for each individual domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, you do not have to turn into a developer for that because the needed code may be copied from the Help post we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you wish to utilize this function for your website, you'll want to rename your site files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the modified names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes may be enabled with ease with every semi-dedicated server package that we provide you with and the full process is going to take you under a minute and simply a couple of clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain root folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your preference, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article inside our in depth Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining then will be to double-check if all of the web pages that will implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to update backlinks to different web pages on your site, to represent the changes in the file extensions.