Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source inside a web page. In the most common situation, the text from a file is integrated in a second one, providing a site the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site comprises of 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all five webpages, which will help you bring up to date your site much easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to include 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. Any web page that employs SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
Since our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to make use of this feature with the cloud hosting packages that we feature and bring dynamic content to your sites with a few mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for each individual domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a few lines of code. Naturally, you do not have to turn into a developer for that as the needed code can be copied from the Help article that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you want to employ this feature for your website, it's important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the current names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It will not take you more than a moment to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan through us. If you decide to activate this feature, you have to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In this file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you'll see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any prior knowledge about this kind of things. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all of webpages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing all of the links on your website, to ensure that they lead to the updated files.