Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source in a web page. In the most widespread scenario, the text from a file is integrated in another, giving a site the feeling that it is dynamic. As an example, if your site has 10 webpages, five of them can contain the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the updated content will come up on all of the five webpages, which will let you update your site much easier than if you had to update an element of all five pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to include the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
As our unique cloud hosting platform has Server Side Includes on a global level, you are able to implement this function with the cloud hosting plans that we have and incorporate dynamic content to your websites with a few clicks. SSI is enabled for each particular domain or subdomain by placing an .htaccess file in the site folder with a few lines of code. Naturally, you don't need to be a programmer for that since the necessary code may be copied from the Help post that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you wish to utilize this feature for your site, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you have to double-check if all links on your site point to the updated names.