Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specified source within a web page. In the most widespread case, the text from a single file is included in a second one, giving a site the sense it is dynamic. For instance, if your website features 10 web pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you alter this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all of the five webpages, which shall allow you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to update an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is at times employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any webpage that employs SSI should have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our custom made cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to work with this function with the cloud website hosting plans we have and bring dynamic content to your websites with just a few clicks. SSI can be activated for every particular domain name or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a few lines of code. Certainly, there is no need to turn into a coder for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help post that we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this function for your site, it is important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all of the links on your site lead to the modified names.