Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a given source inside a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from a file is incorporated in another, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site involves ten web pages, five of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Once you modify this text file, the updated content will appear on all of the five web pages, which shall allow you to revise your website faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that utilizes SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
Server Side Includes is supported on our innovative cloud hosting system, so regardless of the Linux cloud package you pick, it will be possible to make use of this feature making your website much more dynamic. All that you have to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and after that include a few lines of code inside. You simply will not require any kind of coding skills though, since you can basically copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you enable SSI for any given site. You just need to change the extension of the html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all of the links to those webpages on the site are appropriate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It will not take you more than a moment to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server plan through our company. When you decide to activate this function, you need to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be active. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can get the latter within the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior experience with these types of things. The only two things you must deal with are renaming all pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing each of the links in your site, so they lead to the updated files.