Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specific source in a website. In the most popular case, the text from a single file is included in a second one, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, if your website is made of 10 pages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which shall permit you to bring up to date your website much easier than if you had to update an element of all five pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that utilizes SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
Server Side Includes is supported on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the Linux website hosting package that you pick, you'll be able to make use of this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All you must do is going to be set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and then include a handful of lines of code inside it. You won't need any coding skills however, since you can simply copy the needed code from the help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for a specified website. You just have to customize the extension of any html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to those pages on the website are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes can be enabled in no time with every single semi-dedicated server package that our company offers and the full process will take you only a minute and just several clicks. You can activate SSI by making an empty .htaccess file inside a domain or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP application of your choice, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you'll be capable to get out of the SSI article within our detailed Knowledgebase. The one thing left after that is to double-check if all of the webpages that will make use of Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to modify backlinks to different web pages on your website, so as to represent the modifications in the file extensions.