Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source in a web page. In the most popular situation, the text from a file is included in another, giving a website the sense it is dynamic. For example, in case your site consists of ten pages, five of them can easily contain the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the new content will come up on all five web pages, which shall enable you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to update a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Every web page that works by using SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Hosting

It will be easy to use Server Side Includes with all of the hosting plans that we offer and enable it separately for each and every domain name or subdomain inside your hosting account. This can be achieved with an .htaccess file, which needs to be put into the folder where you wish to use SSI and you have to put a few lines of code in that file. You'll find the code in our Knowledgebase area, so you can simply copy it, since you do not need any programming capabilities to take advantage of all of the functions that our services include. If you have by now built your website and you want to use Server Side Includes later, you have to ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, otherwise SSI will not work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

Server Side Includes may be enabled with no trouble with each and every semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the entire process shall take you under a minute and just a number of mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up a blank .htaccess file within a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in your Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your choosing, then incorporating a couple of lines of code, that you will be able to get from the SSI article inside our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left then is to double-check if all of the web pages that shall make use of Server Side Includes are renamed from .html to .shtml and to modify the links to different pages on your website, to represent the changes in the file extensions.