Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source within a web page. In the most common scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, in case your website involves ten web pages, five of them can have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the updated content will come up on all five webpages, which shall allow you to bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to change an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Hosting
Server Side Includes is featured on our progressive cloud hosting system, so regardless of the Linux hosting
which you pick, it will be possible to use this feature making your site a lot more dynamic. All you will have to do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and then include a couple of lines of code inside. You'll not require any kind of coding skills however, as you're able simply just copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you activate SSI for any specified site. You just need to customize the extension of the html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to those pages on the website are correct.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It won't take you over a moment to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server
package through our company. If you decide to enable this feature, you must set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you need to copy some code, which you can see in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge about such matters. The only two things you need to take care of are renaming all pages that shall use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing all the links in your website, so that they point to the renamed files.