Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which lets you include text from a given source inside a website. In the most widespread case, the text from one file is incorporated in another, providing a site the feeling it is dynamic. For example, in case your website comprises of 10 web pages, five of them can include the content of any kind of file, like horoscope.txt. Any time you modify this text file, the new content is going to appear on all five pages, which shall enable you to update your site much easier than if you had to change a component of all five pages. Server Side Includes is occasionally used to incorporate the output of simple commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that is displayed on the site, the current date and time or the customer's IP address. Every web page that makes use of SSI must have a special extension - .shtml.

Server Side Includes in Shared Website Hosting

Server Side Includes is available on our innovative cloud hosting system, so no matter the shared website hosting you pick, it's possible to make use of this feature and make your site much more dynamic. All you will have to do will be to set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain or subdomain where you want to use SSI and add a few lines of code inside. You simply won't need any kind of coding skills however, as you're able just copy the necessary code from our help section, or our technical support can assist you to enable SSI for a given website. You just need to modify the extension of the 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.