Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a given source in a website. In the most widespread situation, the text from a file is integrated in a second one, giving a site the feeling it is dynamic. As an example, in case your website comprises of 10 webpages, 5 of them can contain the content of any kind of file, for example horoscope.txt. As soon as you alter this text file, the modified content is going to appear on all five pages, which will permit you to bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to modify an element of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is in some cases used to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current time and date or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting
As our custom made cloud hosting system features Server Side Includes on a global level, it is possible to use this feature with any of the cloud hosting packages that we offer you and add dynamic content to your sites with only a few clicks. SSI can be enabled for each specific domain name or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the website folder with just a few lines of code. Naturally, there is no need to turn into a coder for that because the necessary code may be copied from the Help post that we have regarding Server Side Includes. If you want to utilize this feature for your site, you have to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you will have to double-check if all links on your site lead to the current names.