Server Side Includes (SSI) is a basic server-side language, which enables you to incorporate text from a specified source inside a website. In the most typical scenario, the text from a single file is included in a different one, providing a site the sense that it is dynamic. For instance, in case your site comprises of 10 web pages, 5 of them can easily have the content of some file, like horoscope.txt. As soon as you change this text file, the updated content will come up on all five pages, which will let you revise your site much easier than if you had to update a component of all 5 web pages. Server Side Includes is sometimes employed to contain the output of basic commands, scripts or functions as well - a hit counter that's displayed on the website, the current time and date or the customer's IP address. Every webpage that works by using SSI will need to have a unique extension - .shtml.
Server Side Includes in Shared Hosting
Server Side Includes is present on our modern cloud hosting platform, so whatever the shared hosting plan you choose, it's possible to utilize this feature and make your site more dynamic. All that you must do is going to be set up a file called .htaccess in the main folder for the domain name or subdomain where you wish to use SSI and then add a number of lines of code inside it. You will not require any coding skills however, as you're able to simply copy the needed code from our help section, or our tech support team can assist you to activate SSI for any given site. You just need to modify the extension of any html file which will employ Server Side Includes to .shtml and make sure that all of the links to these web pages on the website are correct.