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I'm trying to understand how to build web pages so that I don't have to have
the same "page" for every little thing I update or what not.
I have a basic "template" that my entire site uses. I've got the title and some
navigation links at the top of all my pages, but I have the exact same code in
all of my pages to display the title and nav links.
So if I want to change or add or delete one of the links I have to go through
all the pages and edit each one manually. (Actually I use sed and awk to help
ease my pain but still). Since my site follows the same "look" throughout all
of the pages and only the content of the tables or whatnot change slightly, I
would like to do it in a more dynamic way.
Some of the look can be incorporated into CSS, but maybe you are already doing that. Since I use php a lot even for simple sites I create my own header and footer and just include them in each page. Then I only need to change the code once to have it reflected throughout the site.
Well, one way to accomplish what you want simply is with SSI - server side includes.
It works like this:
1. In the Apache httpd.conf for the directory, add:
2. Create the file(s) containing the variable content. For example, if you create an "includes" directory in your web document root, you can create an "includes/stuff1.html" file containing a link (or any block of html):