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I have a pure content site which i have kept it purely static deliberately.
However...whenever i want toc hange something sitewide, i will have to modify all the 500+ pages which is time consuming.
Is there was a to use PHP and Mysql and make it partially dynamic? I want the header and footer to be dynamic and the right hand column also to be dynamic.
What i really want to do is...whenever i want to modify the header/footer or right column..i make the changes in one place and a piece of php code inseted in all the templates will parse and display the actual content on all the pages when loaded.
Is it possible to do that? If so what is the best way to achieve that.
Thank you for any help and directions.
of course that's possible. probably the most important thing to be aware of:
to allow php code in a page to be parsed (carried out), the page needs to be recognised as a php page. this is normally achieved by naming it .php - however, i suspect in your case the endings are .htm. in order not to have to rename all your pages to .php and potentially lose all your SE rankings, you can set your server to "parse html pages as php pages" - search for that phrase in these forums and you'll find lots of info.
otherwise it is simply a matter of searching and replacing your header and footer html code with the appropriate php code. see this post for guidance: [webmasterworld.com...]
once you have started down this road, you will never look back ;)
All my pages are only a block of content. The header, footer, left ahnd side, and right hand side are all includes.
Brian ... I always wanted to know more about possibly using SSI...can you give me some pointers available either within this forum or sticky me with some external pointers if they cannot be posted in the thread?
Thank you soo much again.