Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source in a website. In the most typical situation, the text from one file is included in another, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. For instance, in case your site is comprised of ten webpages, five of them can include the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the updated content will appear on all five web pages, which shall permit you to bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that works by using SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all website hosting packages that we offer you and enable it individually for each and every domain or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be accomplished when using .htaccess file, which needs to be put into the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you have to enter a few lines of code in that file. You can see the code inside our Knowledgebase area, so you're able to just copy it, since you do not need any programming expertise to benefit from all of the functions that our services have. If you have currently built your website and you wish to use Server Side Includes later on, you must ensure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the site, or else SSI is not going to work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It shall not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan with us. When you choose to activate this function, you must make an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be active. In this file, you must copy some code, which you'll see in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You will find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge of these types of things. The only two things you should deal with are renaming all of the pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date all the links in your website, so they point to the renamed files.