Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source in a web page. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a different one, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. For instance, if your site comprises of 10 web pages, five of them can contain the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you change this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which will help you bring up to date your website much easier than if you had to update a part of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that employs SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting
Since our customized cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible to use this function with any of the shared website hosting plans that we offer and add in dynamic content to your websites with just a few mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for each individual domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Of course, you do not have to become a developer for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help article that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this feature for your site, you'll want to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website lead to the up to date names.