Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to include text from a given source in a website. In the most popular scenario, the text from a single file is included in a second one, providing a website the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, if your site features ten web pages, five of them can include the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you change this text file, the updated content will appear on all five pages, which shall enable you to update your site faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

All the Linux cloud hosting we offer support Server Side Includes, so you can incorporate dynamic elements to any static website which you host on our cloud platform. By making a clear .htaccess file and entering some lines of code inside it, you're able to activate SSI for a domain or perhaps a subdomain. The file in question should be in the specific folder where you will make use of SSI and you can get the code within our Frequently Asked Questions section, which means you don't need any kind of coding experience. Our 24/7 tech support staff shall also be able to assist you with activating Server Side Includes if you're not absolutely sure how to proceed. You should also remember to change the extension of all files that will implement SSI from .html to .shtml and ensure that the links on your site lead to the appropriate files.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting

It shall not take you more than a minute to activate Server Side Includes in case you have a semi-dedicated server package through us. When you choose to activate this function, you need to set up an .htaccess file in the root folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like SSI to be enabled. In that file, you need to copy some code, which you'll get in the FAQ article that we have devoted to SSI. You'll find the latter inside 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 webpages that will use Server Side Includes from .html to .shtml and replacing every one of the links in your site, so that they point to the renamed files.