Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specific source within a website. In the most popular situation, the text from a file is integrated in a different one, giving a website the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site comprises of ten web pages, five of them can include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the new content will come up on all five webpages, which will permit you to 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 utilized to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that makes use of SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting
It will be possible to use Server Side Includes with all of the shared hosting plans that we provide and enable it individually for every single domain name or subdomain in your own hosting account. You can do this when using .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder where you wish to use SSI and you need to put a few lines of code in that file. You will find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply copy and paste it, as you don't need any programming knowledge to benefit from all of the capabilities that our solutions come with. If you have already built your site and you want to employ Server Side Includes later, you need to make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the site, or else SSI will not work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
Server Side Includes could be activated easily with every single semi-dedicated server package that our company offers and the full process is going to take you only a minute and only a couple of clicks. You can enable SSI by creating an empty .htaccess file inside a domain name or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or perhaps an FTP app of your choosing, then typing in a number of lines of code, which you will be capable to get from the SSI article in our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left then will be to double-check if all webpages that will use Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and then to update the links to different webpages on your site, in order to represent the modifications in the file extensions.