Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a given source inside a web page. In the most typical situation, the text from one file is included in a different one, giving a website the sense it is dynamic. For instance, in case your website is comprised of ten webpages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the modified content will appear on all of the five webpages, which shall let you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to modify a part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to include 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 visitor's IP address. Every webpage that uses SSI must have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Web Hosting
Since our custom made cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to implement this function with all of the web hosting plans that we feature and add dynamic content to your websites with only a few clicks. SSI is activated for every particular domain name or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the website folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to become a programmer for that because the necessary code can be copied from the Help article that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you wish to use this function for your website, you need to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your site point to the up to date names.