Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specified source inside a website. In the most common scenario, the text from one file is integrated in a different one, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, if your site involves ten web pages, five of them can easily have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you change this text file, the new content will come up on all five pages, which shall enable you to revise your website much easier than if you had to change part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to incorporate the output of basic 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 web page that employs SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
Server Side Includes is featured on our innovative cloud hosting system, so whatever the Linux cloud hosting which you select, it will be possible to make use of this feature making your site much more dynamic. All that you must do is going to be create a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and then include a number of lines of code inside. You will not need any coding skills however, as you're able simply just copy the necessary code from our help section, or our tech support team can assist you enable SSI for a specific site. You need to simply customize the extension of the html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these webpages on the website are correct.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
It will not take you over a minute to enable Server Side Includes if you have a semi-dedicated server plan from us. If you decide to activate this feature, you have to create an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain or subdomain in which you need SSI to be active. In that file, you need to copy some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You can get the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any prior knowledge about such matters. The only 2 things you ought to take care of are renaming all of the web pages that shall employ Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and changing every one of the links on your site, to make sure they lead to the renamed files.