Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a specified source in a web page. In the most popular case, the text from a single file is incorporated in a second one, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, if your site has ten web pages, 5 of them can include the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. Any time you alter this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five web pages, which shall allow you to update your site much easier than if you had to update a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting
Server Side Includes is supported on our modern cloud hosting system, so whatever the shared hosting service you choose, it will be possible to use this function and make your website much more dynamic. All that you have to do will be to create a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and include a couple of lines of code inside. You simply will not require any kind of coding skills however, as you're able simply just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you activate SSI for a specified site. You just have to modify the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those webpages on the website are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes may be activated without difficulty with each semi-dedicated server plan that we offer and the full process will take you less than a minute and merely a few mouse clicks. You can enable SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file in a domain or subdomain main folder with the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP program of your choice, then adding a few lines of code, which you will be able to copy out of the SSI article inside our in depth Knowledgebase. The one thing remaining then shall be to double-check if all pages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to change backlinks to different webpages on your site, as a way to reflect the modifications in the file extensions.