Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specified source within a web page. In the most typical situation, the text from a single file is incorporated in a second one, giving a site the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, if your site has 10 webpages, five of them can include the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. In case you modify this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five pages, which shall permit you to update your website faster and easier than if you had to modify an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that uses SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting
Since our customized cloud hosting platform features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be possible to utilize this function with the cloud website hosting packages we offer you and incorporate dynamic content to your sites with a couple of mouse clicks. SSI can be enabled for every specific domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with only a few lines of code. Of course, you don't have to become a coder for that because the required code can be copied from the Help article we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you would like to utilize this feature for your website, you will need 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.