Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a given source inside a website. In the most common scenario, the text from a file is integrated in a second one, giving a website the sense that it is dynamic. For example, in case your website includes ten pages, 5 of them can contain the content of some file, for example horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five webpages, which shall permit you to revise your site faster and easier than if you had to modify an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes utilized to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our progressive cloud hosting system, so no matter the cloud plan which you pick, you'll be able to utilize this function making your website much more dynamic. All that you have to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and add a handful of lines of code inside it. You will not need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able to basically copy the necessary code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you activate SSI for any specific site. You just need to customize the extension of the html file that will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those pages on the website are correct.