Server Side Includes (SSI) is a simple server-side language, which lets you include text from a specified source in a website. In the most common scenario, the text from one file is included in a different one, giving a website the feeling it is dynamic. For instance, if your website features ten webpages, 5 of them can easily have the content of any kind of file, such as horoscope.txt. Any time you change this text file, the updated content will come up on all of the five pages, which will let you bring up to date your website faster and easier than if you had to modify part of all 5 pages. Server Side Includes is at times used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the present date and time or the visitor's IP address. Any web page that works by using SSI will need to have a particular extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Cloud Web Hosting

Server Side Includes is supported on our progressive cloud hosting platform, so no matter the Linux cloud web hosting package you select, it will be possible to use this function and make your site much more dynamic. All you need to do is going to be set up a file called .htaccess in the home folder for the domain name or subdomain in which you would like to use SSI and then include a handful of lines of code inside it. You simply won't need any coding skills though, since you can basically copy the needed code from our help section, or our technical support can help you activate SSI for any given website. You just need to change the extension of any html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to those pages on the website are appropriate.