Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source inside a website. In the most common scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in a different one, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, in case your site comprises of 10 pages, five of them can have the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. Once you alter this text file, the updated content will appear on all five webpages, which will allow you to update your site faster and easier than if you had to change part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all shared hosting plans we offer you and activate it independently for each domain or subdomain within your hosting account. You can do this by utilizing an .htaccess file, which should be placed into the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you have to type in a few lines of code in that file. You will find the code within our Knowledgebase section, so you're able to simply copy it, since you do not need any programming expertise to benefit from all capabilities that our services have. If you have currently built your website and you would like to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you need to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, or else SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It will not take you more than a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server package with our company. When you choose to enable this feature, you will need to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In this file, you need to copy some code, that you can see in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter inside the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous knowledge of such things. The only two things you need to deal with are renaming all of web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links on your website, so that they lead to the renamed files.