I recently learned about Server Side Includes, and got a few working on my pages by adding a .shtml extension (I believe this has to do with the site being hosted on an Apache server). I am trying to get away from using templates and uploading entire sites when they are updated - this is my first step towards dynamic sites I guess.
However, shortly after getting this to work, I read that SSIs were outdated, used in the 90's, and that there was a better suited PHP method for including information throughout an entire site by only updating one file. Are any of you familiar with what this method is? I assume we are not talking about a full blown database here.
I also assume SSIs may be older because I did a forum search and the last post I found on this topic was from 2002.
I just don't want to build an entire site one way when there is a better option.