Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source inside a website. In the most typical case, the text from a file is incorporated in another, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, in case your website is comprised of ten webpages, five of them can easily have the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you modify this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all five pages, which shall enable you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to change a component of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is shown on the website, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Any web page that uses SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting
Since our customized cloud hosting system has Server Side Includes on a global level, you'll be able to to use this feature with all of the shared web hosting plans that we feature and bring dynamic content to your websites with just a few clicks. SSI is activated for every specific domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just 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 post we have related to Server Side Includes. If you would like to use this feature for your website, it's important to rename your site files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all links on your website point to the current names.