Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source in a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from a file is integrated in another, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, if your site involves 10 web pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. Any time you change this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five web pages, which will allow you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to modify an element of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases utilized to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that utilizes SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our progressive cloud hosting system, so no matter the Linux shared hosting package which you pick, you will be able to make use of this feature making your site much more dynamic. All that you need to do is to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you want to use SSI and then include a handful of lines of code inside. You simply won't need any kind of coding skills however, as you can simply copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for any specific website. You need to simply 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 correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It won't take you over a moment to activate Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package through our company. If you decide to activate this feature, you must make 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 need to copy and paste some code, that you can get in the FAQ article we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous experience with such things. The only two things you must take care of are renaming all of pages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing all the links on your website, so they lead to the renamed files.