Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specific source in a web page. In the most popular scenario, the text from one file is integrated in a second one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For instance, if your site features 10 pages, five of them can include the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you alter this text file, the modified content will come up on all of the five pages, which will enable you to update your site faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every webpage that employs SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Website Hosting

Since our customized cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to use this feature with all of the website hosting plans that we offer and add in dynamic content to your websites with just a few mouse clicks. SSI is activated for each individual domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't have to be a programmer for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you want to use this feature for your website, it's important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all of the links on your site point to the up-to-date names.