Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source in a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from one file is included in a second one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, if your website has ten webpages, five of them can easily have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the modified content will come up on all five web pages, which will help you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Every web page that employs SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting
You'll be able to use Server Side Includes with all shared hosting plans that we provide and activate it individually for each domain or subdomain in your own hosting account. This can be done when using .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder in which you want to use SSI and you have to type in a few lines of code in that file. You will find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply copy it, since you do not need any coding capabilities to benefit from all of the characteristics that our services feature. In case you have by now built your site and you would like to employ Server Side Includes later, you must make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the site, or else SSI won't work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
It won't take you over a minute to activate Server Side Includes when you've got a semi-dedicated server plan from us. If you decide to enable this feature, you will need to make an .htaccess file in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you have to copy and paste some code, which you can find in the FAQ article that we have dedicated to SSI. You can find the latter within the Help section of your Hosting Control Panel, so you do not need any previous experience with these types of matters. The only two things you ought to deal with are renaming all of the web pages that will utilize Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and bringing up-to-date every one of the links in your website, so they point to the updated files.