Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specific source in a web page. In the most common case, the text from a single file is incorporated in another, providing a site the feeling that it is dynamic. For instance, if your site is made of 10 webpages, five of them can contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. In case you change this text file, the new content will come up on all of the five pages, which will enable you to revise your site much easier than if you had to update a part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to contain 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 customer's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting
Server Side Includes is featured on our modern cloud hosting system, so no matter the Linux cloud website hosting which you pick, it will be possible to make use of this feature and make your site much more dynamic. All you must do will be to create a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain where you want to use SSI and after that add a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply will not require any kind of coding skills though, as you can just copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for any specific site. You just need to modify the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to those web pages on the website are accurate.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server package with our company. When you decide to activate this function, you need to create an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you want SSI to be enabled. In that file, you must copy some code, which you can find in the FAQ article we have devoted to SSI. You can find the latter in the Help area of your Hosting Control Panel, so you don't require any prior knowledge of such things. The only 2 things you must take care of are renaming all of pages that shall utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and editing each of the links in your website, to ensure that they lead to the updated files.