Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source within a website. In the most common situation, the text from one file is incorporated in another, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. As an example, if your website has 10 pages, 5 of them can have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever modify this text file, the updated content will come up on all five web pages, which shall enable you to update your website much easier than if you had to update an element of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that makes use of SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

As our custom cloud hosting system supports Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy to work with this function with the cloud hosting packages we have and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with just a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each particular domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Of course, you do not have to become a developer for that since the needed code can be copied from the Help post that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this function for your website, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website point to the up to date names.