Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source inside a website. In the most common situation, the text from a single file is included in a different one, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For example, if your website is comprised of ten pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. If you ever alter this text file, the updated content will come up on all five web pages, which shall let you update your website much easier than if you had to update a part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to contain 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 webpage that makes use of SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Web Hosting
You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all web hosting
plans that we offer you and enable it individually for every single domain or subdomain inside your hosting account. This can be done when using an .htaccess file, which needs to be placed into the folder in which you want to use SSI and you need to enter a few lines of code in that file. You can find the code within our Knowledgebase section, so you can just copy and paste it, as you don't need any programming capabilities to take advantage of all functions that our services come with. If you have currently built your website and you would like to use Server Side Includes later on, you must make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI won't work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes could be activated effortlessly with every semi-dedicated server
package that we provide you with and the entire process is going to take you less than a minute and only a number of clicks. You can activate SSI by creating a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choice, then typing in a couple of lines of code, which you'll be capable to copy from the SSI article inside our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing left then is to double-check if all web pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and also to alter the links to different pages on your website, so as to represent the modifications in the file extensions.