Our website has expanded a lot since we started it and now I've been asked to add on more pages. This means updating the navigation on every. single. page. And obviously, I don't want to have to keep doing this. My only thought is to use PHP includes, however as I have never used PHP before, except for our e-mail forum, I'm not quite sure what to do.
I understand the whole creating a new PHP page just for the navigation and linking it to the other pages, however, will I have to change all of the website pages to .php? At the minute they are .html / .htm.
If I change them all, do I have to remove the .html / .htm ones from my hosting server and replace the pages with the .php ones?
Will having every page as .php affect the website?
Will it make it quicker to load or slower?
How will Google know that the pages have been changed?
Will it affect our Google rankings?
Yes, I'm confused. Your help is much appreciated!