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I use Homesite's "extended find and replace" for those kind of site-wide changes, so that I can keep the links right in the HTML.
Edited by: tedster
A change in the text file affects all changes site wide, whether this is 10 or 1,000 pages.
As it is server side, there's no problem with spiders. It works great.
In my case, I had hundreds upon hundreds of pages with .htm and .html extensions already listed and ranked well. Other than on index.html pages, changing to .shtml wasn't an option (I'd never get the traffic back). I had concerns about cpu load, though perhaps unfounded. I did not want to declare all .htm and .html files as ssi-capable using .htaccess.
I'm now interested in going ssi, mainly because I'm getting more and more elaborate in the amount of content I inject via the external files. I can foresee the day that I build templates using different mixes of ssi calls and then doing a significant amount of the entire page -not just the nav bars- in the external files. Got a tutorial handy, yanton?
I will try to dig for bookmarks for the sites I found. I know the first one was the tutorial at bignosebird.com, which I copied and pasted (which he says to do) and changed the filenames. I love it.
My only concern, for use on regular pages, which I'd love to do - is there ever any problem at all with s/e listings with the shtml extension?
I'd love to have some more tutorials, too.
>build templates using different mixes of ssi calls
How would that work - what type of template pages could it be used for?
AddType text/html .html
AddHandler server-parsed .html
Make sure the file is in Unix format.
Try a simple test .html file with ssi in it:
<!--#ECHO var="DATE_LOCAL" -->
As mentioned above, for existing pages where you're stuck w/ an extention other than .shtml, you can inject an section of shtml via an iframe or an ilayer. It works, but it carries an overhead of js and browser sniffing and has significant design limitations. On a new site, I'd just start out w/ .shtml files.
> is there ever any problem at all with s/e listings with the shtml extension?
I've recently re-asked the question about an SEO penalty for .shtml pages. No definitive answer yet. I do believe I've read here that there might have been a penalty, but my current experience suggests that it isn't much of one, if any at all. Personally, for index pages, I never submit or write links using the full path, i.e., mydomain.com/mysub/index.shtml but rather mydomain.com/mysub/ -perhaps that might reduce some of the SE negatives??
>>build templates using different mixes of ssi calls
>How would that work - what type of template pages could it be used for?
The best example I could give would be for a series of "city guides" on a site, all built along a similar design. Besides the nav column or bar, there might be an ssi call embedded for the region, another for the state, and yet another for the country. There might be still another for sponsors of that region or whatever. I'm doing this now w/ external js. Each page from a town lists a unique attraction in the town, has a thumbnail map of the region, and has a button for other resources for the state. With ssi, this would likely be seen by the SE's as very themes oriented, too. You lose that benefit w/ external js.
If there are any other Cold Fusion aficionado's out there CF is great for this kind of thing - you simply use a CFINCLUDE which works in a very similar way to SSI, you store your navigation in a separate file for the whole site so it can be updated easily, eg.:
This makes it easy to do a site redesign and switch the nav from LH to RH side for example, or even have it set in user prefs and have conditional formatting.
Quick and dirty example:
<CFIF Cookie.Prefs EQ "Right">
<CFELSEIF Cookie.Prefs EQ "Left">
This method is invisible to spiders and all UA's and search engine friendly - they can and will spider the links.
When the htaccess works you get this on an .html page:
Sunday, 21-Jan-2001 20:39:53 EST
Before the ssi only worked with .shtml now it also works with .html on the navigation test page.
I might try the .shtml on another site, on pages where listing is inconsequential, just to see what happens, to know for when it's not available.
Thank you, Brett!
>>Cold Fusion aficionado's out there
Fusioneer, I know there is regular member here who is quite interested in getting into CF, but I can't off-hand remember who. I believe I've seen some reference to the use of CF as you've mentioned it.
I stay with plain vanilla html and use lots of simple table layouts, but between the logic of the code you showed and the template explanation, this might be very interesting to give a try with a test template for an existing simple page and simple ssi for a navigation column.
It's out of my realm, but I read recently that there's an Allaire/Macromedia merger, which seems like quite an interesting combination.
To be honest it is more a case of Macromedia acquiring Allaire if you have any experience with M&A.
Press Release [allaire.com]
Macromedia's Link [macromedia.com]
Macromedia will now be very strong in the web application arena after also acquiring Drumbeat last year, now having Allaire's Cold Fusion and JRun technologies.
Personally I think this is a powerhouse combo and only better software will result. Allaire could use Macromedia's muscle to better compete with Microsoft's ASP - the main competitor (we prefer Cold Fusion).
On a simailar note Dreamweaver has a cool 'Library' all you have to do is select the HTML like navigation etc make it into a libray item. Then you can make hundreds of pages that use this item and all you have to do is update the item and it will automatically update all your pages that reference it!
A while ago I decided to write a WAP-enabled page for one of my old sites so I could see it through a mobile phone just for the fun of it. I was able to write it real fast, thanks to PHP's ability to give me the HTTP header info. It's awesome for anybody who's ever programmed in C, since most of the syntax is similar. To do the whole included page thing in PHP, the only code you would have to add is this:
<? include ("includedpage.html"); ?>
The good thing is, as knighty said, everything is server side, so the client only sees the result. The bad is that you need to test it live, since the server needs to be able to parse the php code. You can always make a temp directory for tests, though.
Just install Apache, then download the PHP module for windows. The only tough part is getting apache configured to run on localhost - but if you can get php figured out, Apache is doable. Nothing has ever increased my page productivity like running a local server.
I have the following code in a .JS file:
document.writeln('<a href=\"http://www.education.com\" TARGET=\"_BLANK\" TITLE=\"For an online directory of distance graduate programs, click here!\"> Click here!</a>');
It works perfectly...
I would like to add a mouseover command to it, i.e.:
onMouseOver="window.status='Click here now to visit Education.com!';return true" OnMouseOut="window.status='';return true"
I've used the correct slashes in the right places.
How can I place the onMouseOver command in the code at the top of this page?
Thank you very much :)
You can get around this by dividing it into multiple write() lines so that each uses only one kind of quotation mark to open and close the content, and uses only the other kind within it.
document.write('<p>I can only use "double-quotation marks" here because using a single quote is the way to tell the script I've finished</p>');
document.write("<p>This time I used double-quotes for the script opening and closing, so can only use single quotation marks in here.</p>");
try the following EXACTLY as it is here:
document.writeln('<a href="http://www.education.com" TARGET="_BLANK" TITLE="For an online directory of distance graduate programs, click here!" onMouseOver="window.status=' + "'Click here now to visit Education.com!'" + ';return true" OnMouseOut="window.status=' + "''" + ';return true"> Click here!</a>');
What I did was to use single quotes for the bits that have to include double-quotes, and then closed them and used double-quotes for the bits that had to include single-quotes. Try it out and let me know if it works.
[edited to add]
It works just perfectly in IE5 now - I just checked.