Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which allows you to include text from a specific source inside a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is included in a different one, giving a website the sense that it is dynamic. As an example, in case your site is made of 10 webpages, 5 of them can easily include the content of some file, such as horoscope.txt. Once you change this text file, the modified content will appear on all of the five web pages, which will permit you to bring up to date your site faster and easier than if you had to update a part of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes utilized to include the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the site, the present date and time or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that utilizes SSI will need to have a special extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Website Hosting
Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so regardless of the Linux website hosting service which you choose, it will be possible to use this feature and make your site more dynamic. Everything you need to do is going to be make a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and add a few lines of code inside. You won't need any coding skills though, since you can simply copy the needed code from the help section, or our technical support can assist you to activate SSI for a specified website. You just have 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 web pages on the website are correct.