Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to include text from a given source within a website. In the most widespread scenario, the text from one file is integrated in a second one, providing a site the feeling that it's dynamic. As an example, in case your website includes 10 webpages, 5 of them can contain the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five web pages, which will enable you to update your website much easier than if you had to update part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's shown on the website, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every web page that utilizes SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Hosting

Server Side Includes is present on our progressive cloud hosting system, so no matter the cloud plan you pick, it will be possible to use this function making your website a lot more dynamic. All you will have to do is going to be set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and include a number of lines of code in it. You'll not need any kind of coding skills though, as you're able simply just copy the necessary code from our help section, or our tech support team can assist you to enable SSI for a specified website. You just have to customize the extension of any html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all links to these pages on the site are correct.