Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specified source in a website. In the most typical situation, the text from a single file is incorporated in a different one, providing a site the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, in case your site is made of 10 web pages, five of them can have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the new content will appear on all five web pages, which will enable you to update your site much easier than if you had to change part of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that makes use of SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Hosting
Since our unique cloud hosting platform supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to make use of this feature with any of the hosting packages we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a couple of clicks. SSI is enabled for every individual domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you don't have to turn into a developer for that because the needed code may be copied from the Help article we have related to Server Side Includes. If you'd like to utilize this function for your website, it is important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the current names.