Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specific source in a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is incorporated in a different one, giving a site the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, if your site has ten web pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the updated content will appear on all five webpages, which shall let you revise your website faster and easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that uses SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Since our unique cloud hosting platform features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to implement this function with the shared web hosting plans that we have and bring dynamic content to your websites with a few mouse clicks. SSI is enabled for each particular domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Of course, you don't have to become a developer for that since the needed code can be copied from the Help post we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you'd like to utilize this function for your site, you'll have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the modified names.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It won't take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes when you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you decide to activate this feature, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain where you need SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, that you can see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't need any previous experience with such matters. The only 2 things you should take care of are renaming all of the webpages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all of the links in your website, to make sure they point to the updated files.