Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specific source in a web page. In the most common scenario, the text from a single file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site consists of 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five web pages, which will help you update your website faster and easier than if you had to modify part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases utilized to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that utilizes SSI must have a unique extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Hosting
Since our customized cloud hosting system offers Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to implement this function with the hosting packages we offer you and add dynamic content to your sites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI can be activated for every particular domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Certainly, you don't have to be a coder for that because the required code can be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you want to utilize this function for your website, you'll have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website point to the modified names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
Server Side Includes could be activated easily with every single semi-dedicated server plan that we provide you with and the whole process shall take you only a minute and only a few mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or an FTP application of your choosing, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be able to copy from the SSI article inside our comprehensive Knowledgebase. The only thing left after that will be to double-check if all of the webpages that shall use Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and also to modify backlinks to different web pages on your website, so as to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.