Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a given source in a website. In the most widespread case, the text from a single file is integrated in a second one, giving a website the sense that it's dynamic. For example, if your website is comprised of 10 pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. If you ever change this text file, the new content will appear on all five web pages, which will help you bring up to date your site much easier than if you had to update a component of all five web pages. Server Side Includes is at times utilized to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Any webpage that makes use of SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting platform, so no matter the Linux cloud website hosting package you pick, it's possible to use this function and make your site a lot more dynamic. Everything you must do will be to make a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain or subdomain in which you want to use SSI and then add a couple of lines of code in it. You'll not require any kind of coding skills however, as you can basically copy the needed code from the help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for a specific site. You just need to customize the extension of the html file which will use Server Side Includes to .shtml and make certain that all links to these pages on the website are correct.