Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you incorporate text from a given source within a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from a file is included in another, providing a website the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, if your website consists of 10 webpages, five of them can easily have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. If you change this text file, the updated content is going to appear on all five webpages, which shall let you bring up to date 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 contain the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the website, the current date and time or the visitor's IP address. Every web page that employs SSI should have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

As our custom cloud hosting platform features Server Side Includes on a global level, it will be easy make use of this feature with any of the cloud hosting plans that we feature and bring dynamic content to your websites with only a few mouse clicks. SSI is activated for every particular domain or subdomain by inserting an .htaccess file in the site folder with a couple of lines of code. Naturally, you do not have to be a developer for that as the needed code may be copied from the Help post we have about Server Side Includes. If you want to employ this feature for your website, it's important to rename your website files from .html to .shtml and you've got to double-check if all of the links on your website lead to the up to date names.