Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source in a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from one file is integrated in another, providing a site the feeling it is dynamic. For example, in case your website consists of 10 web pages, five of them can contain the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the updated content will come up on all of the five web pages, which shall let you revise your site much easier than if you had to update part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that utilizes SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the Linux shared hosting service that you select, it's possible to make use of this feature and make your website more dynamic. Everything you will have to do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you want to use SSI and include a number of lines of code in it. You simply will not need any kind of coding skills however, as you're able to simply copy the necessary code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you to enable SSI for any specific site. You need to simply change the extension of the html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these webpages on the website are correct.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It will not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server package with us. When you choose to activate this function, you must create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy some code, which you can get in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not require any prior knowledge about such matters. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all of webpages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and updating all of the links on your site, to ensure that they point to the renamed files.