Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source within a web page. In the most common situation, the text from one file is included in another, providing a website the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, if your website is made of 10 pages, 5 of them can easily contain the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the new content will appear on all of the five pages, which shall help you update your site much easier than if you had to update a component of all five 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 shown on the website, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that utilizes SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Server Side Includes is present on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the shared hosting service you select, it's possible to utilize this function and make your site much more dynamic. All you will have to do will be to create a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you would like to use SSI and add a number of lines of code inside it. You won't require any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to basically copy the needed code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you enable SSI for a given website. You need to simply modify the extension of any html file that will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these web pages on the site are correct.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you get a semi-dedicated server plan with us, you'll be able to enable Server Side Includes with only a few clicks and for any domain name or subdomain of your preference. We have in-depth Help article about the subject you can see in your Hepsia Hosting Control Panel. All it takes to activate Server Side Includes will be to copy a number of lines out of the article in an .htaccess file that you need to make in the main folder of the domain/subdomain and you will be good to go. You need to simply make sure that all files using SSI possess the proper extension i.e. .shtml, not simply .html, and that the links on your website are updated and lead to the already renamed files.