Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specific source within a website. In the most common situation, the text from a file is integrated in another, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For example, if your site is made of 10 pages, 5 of them can have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five pages, which will enable you to bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to change a part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes utilized to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that makes use of SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible to work with this function with the shared hosting packages we feature and bring dynamic content to your websites with only a few clicks. SSI is enabled for each particular domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with only a few lines of code. Of course, you don't need to become a developer for that because the required code can be copied from the Help article we have related to Server Side Includes. If you'd like to utilize this feature for your website, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the updated names.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

It is possible to activate and use Server Side Includes with merely a couple of clicks with any one of our semi-dedicated server plans because the feature is supported on the cloud platform where your account shall be set up. All you need to do is to set up a blank file named .htaccess through your Hepsia Hosting Control Panel and then add a couple of lines of code in it. You will find the latter inside the Help articles accessible within your account, and that means you have no need for any programming skills - you're able to simply copy and paste the code in question. All web pages that are going to utilize Server Side Includes need to have a .shtml extension, so in case you add this function to an existing website, you should make sure that you change all of the links on it.