Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source in a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your site involves ten web pages, five of them can easily contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the modified content will come up on all five web pages, which will let you update your website faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

It is possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared hosting plans that we offer and enable it individually for each and every domain name or subdomain inside of your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using an .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder where you want to use SSI and you have to put a few lines of code in that file. You can find the code within our Knowledgebase area, so you can simply copy it, as you do not need any programming knowledge to take advantage of all characteristics that our solutions incorporate. In case you have already built your site and you would like to employ Server Side Includes afterwards, you must make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, or else SSI is not going to work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Server Side Includes could be activated with ease with each and every semi-dedicated server package that we offer and the full process will take you only a minute and merely a number of mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your choice, then adding a number of lines of code, that you will be able to copy out of the SSI article in our thorough Knowledgebase. The only thing remaining following that is to double-check if all pages that will make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and also to modify the links to different web pages on your site, to represent the modifications in the file extensions.