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 common scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a second one, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. For example, if your site is made of 10 web pages, 5 of them can easily include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the updated content will come up on all five web pages, which will help you update your website much easier than if you had to update an element of all five web 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 website, the present time and date or the customer's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Server Side Includes can be activated in no time with each semi-dedicated server package that we provide you with and the entire process shall take you just one minute and only several mouse clicks. You can activate SSI by setting up an empty .htaccess file in a domain name or subdomain root folder using the File Manager tool in the Hosting Control Panel or an FTP app of your choice, then typing in a couple of lines of code, which you'll be capable to get from the SSI article within our extensive Knowledgebase. The one thing left then is to double-check if all of the pages that shall implement Server Side Includes are updated from .html to .shtml and to modify the links to different webpages on your site, to reflect the changes in the file extensions.