Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a specific source within a website. In the most widespread situation, the text from one file is included in a second one, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, if your site features 10 pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the modified content will appear on all five pages, which shall help you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to update a component of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting

You will be able to use Server Side Includes with all shared hosting packages that we provide and activate it separately for each domain or subdomain inside of your hosting account. This can be accomplished by using an .htaccess file, which should be placed in the folder in which you wish to use SSI and you need to put a couple of lines of code in that file. You'll find the code in our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply copy and paste it, as you don't need any programming skills to take advantage of all characteristics that our services feature. In case you have already built your site and you want to use Server Side Includes later on, you must make sure that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and fix the links on the website, otherwise SSI won't work.

Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers

You'll be able to enable and employ Server Side Includes with only a couple of clicks with any of the semi-dedicated server plans because the feature is present within the cloud platform where your new account shall be configured. All you need to do will be to make an empty file named .htaccess from your Hepsia Hosting Control Panel and then place in a number of lines of code in it. You will find the latter inside the Help articles that are available as part of your account, and that means you do not need any programming capabilities - you are able to simply copy and paste the code in question. All webpages that will implement Server Side Includes need to have a .shtml extension, so if you add in this feature to an active website, you have to make sure that you update all the links in there.