Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specific source inside a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from a single file is incorporated in another, providing a website the sense it is dynamic. For example, if your site involves ten web pages, 5 of them can easily include the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you change this text file, the modified content will come up on all of the five pages, which will let you revise your site faster and easier than if you had to modify a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting
As our custom made cloud hosting platform features Server Side Includes on a global level, it's possible to implement this function with all of the cloud web hosting packages we have and add in dynamic content to your sites with a couple of clicks. SSI is activated for every particular domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, there is no need to become a programmer for that as the needed code can be copied from the Help article we have concerning Server Side Includes. If you'd like to use this feature for your website, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your website point to the up to date names.