Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source within a website. In the most popular situation, the text from one file is integrated in a second one, giving a website the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, in case your website comprises of ten pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. As soon as you modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all of the five pages, which shall help you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to update a part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Web Hosting
It will be easy to use Server Side Includes with all web hosting plans that we offer and activate it independently for every single domain or subdomain within your hosting account. This can be achieved when using .htaccess file, which needs to be placed in the folder where you wish to use SSI and you need to put a few lines of code in that file. You can get the code inside our Knowledgebase section, so you can simply just copy it, as you do not need any coding expertise to take advantage of all of the characteristics that our solutions contain. In case you have already built your website and you wish to use Server Side Includes later, you need to make certain that you rename the files from .html to .shtml and correct the links on the website, or else SSI is not going to work.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Servers
You will be able to enable and use Server Side Includes with just a handful of mouse clicks with any of the semi-dedicated server plans because the feature is available within the cloud platform where your account will be configured. All you have to do is to create a blank file named .htaccess through your Hepsia Hosting Control Panel and then include a few lines of code inside. You will find the latter inside the Help articles which can be found as part of your account, and that means you don't need any programming capabilities - you'll be able to simply copy the code in question. All webpages that are going to use Server Side Includes need to have a .shtml extension, so in case you add this function to an existing site, you need to make sure that you bring up to date all of the links on it.