Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to incorporate text from a specific source within a web page. In the most typical case, the text from a single file is incorporated in another, giving a site the feeling that it's dynamic. For example, if your site comprises of ten web pages, 5 of them can contain the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you modify this text file, the modified content will appear on all five pages, which will allow you to bring up to date your website much easier than if you had to modify part of all five pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that utilizes SSI should have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Web Hosting

As our unique cloud hosting platform offers Server Side Includes on a global level, you are able to work with this feature with the shared web hosting packages we offer and add in dynamic content to your websites with a couple of clicks. SSI can be activated for every individual domain or subdomain by putting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a few lines of code. Certainly, you don't need to become a programmer for that because the necessary code can be copied from the Help post that we have related to Server Side Includes. If you want to employ this function for your website, you need to rename your site files from .html to .shtml plus you've got to double-check if all of the links on your website lead to the up-to-date names.