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sean06
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A question for you website whizzes

hey guys got a question for you.

I'm sick of creating a menu (for example), creating another 20 pages with that menu, then realising I forgot something. Meaning I need to go edit those 20 pages.

I'm sure it's possible to have the menu or whatever as a separate file, then just insert that file into the right place, but I have absolutely no idea how to do it. Does anyone know how to do this?

This will make my life a lot easier :)

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Put this where you want your menu to appear.

<?php include("filenamegoeshere.inc"); ?>


Now take whatever code makes up your menu and put it on a blank page and save it is filenamegoeshere.inc


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Cheers Adrian, I"ll give that a shot and let you know how I go.
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Yes that works, make sure your site is in php.
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Eddie53 wrote:Yes that works, make sure your site is in php.


No your site does not have to be in php.. You simply need to add one line of code to your .htaccess file and it works in .html

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I have wondered that exact same thing. Now I have added a comment box and php doesn't scare me to death I will have to try that too, let us know how you get on.
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I might try doing my next site in php, just for something different, if I'm using dreamweaver, there should be no big difference right?
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sean06 wrote:I might try doing my next site in php, just for something different, if I'm using dreamweaver, there should be no big difference right?


There is no difference.... all you do is save the pages in .php instead of .html

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Adrian,

I read somewhere that html is preferable as the pages are deemed to be not as dynamic as php.
Is there any truth in this?
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Search engines don't make any distinction between PHP or HTML. They don't see the PHP in the source code, just like if you view the source of a page with PHP *you* don't see the PHP either. It all just turns into HTML when you view the source.

So... the short answer... whether you use HTML or PHP makes no difference.

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Eddie53 wrote:Adrian,

I read somewhere that html is preferable as the pages are deemed to be not as dynamic as php.
Is there any truth in this?


There is no preference....although you may be thinking of some search engines that don't index PHP pages? I heard that before but it is so minuscule it makes no difference.

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Thanks Mark, nice to know theres no difference in the eyes of the SEs.
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Both PHP & HTML have different purposes:

HTML, is more for laying out and formatting text. PHP on the other hand is a full-blown scripting/programming language and can also be used outside of the server environment too. Eg, I havent used batch files on my machines since I'd learnt PHP.

Not only is PHP more powerful than a batch file but is also cross-platform! So I can write stuff on my windose box and use them on my linux box too, great for automating website updates!

The beauty of PHP is that most servers have it installed as standard and all you need to do is rename any/all your .htm(l) files to .php; small step but great benefits.

Not only could you generate your troublesome menus dynamically but small things like updating copyright dates etc becomes a doddle...

I dont write html files any more...just use php to create my content from simple template files.

So, if you want to be more productive without having to wait for dreamweaver to startup, get yourself a good, simple text editor and learn php, you wont regret it...

bye for now,
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fkish wrote:Both PHP & HTML have different purposes:

HTML, is more for laying out and formatting text. PHP on the other hand is a full-blown scripting/programming language and can also be used outside of the server environment too. Eg, I havent used batch files on my machines since I'd learnt PHP.

Not only is PHP more powerful than a batch file but is also cross-platform! So I can write stuff on my windose box and use them on my linux box too, great for automating website updates!

The beauty of PHP is that most servers have it installed as standard and all you need to do is rename any/all your .htm(l) files to .php; small step but great benefits.

Not only could you generate your troublesome menus dynamically but small things like updating copyright dates etc becomes a doddle...

I dont write html files any more...just use php to create my content from simple template files.

So, if you want to be more productive without having to wait for dreamweaver to startup, get yourself a good, simple text editor and learn php, you wont regret it...

bye for now,
ference


Good stuff Ference,

Seems like you have a grasp of the coding language....

Adrian,

PS: How long do you wait for dreamweaver to startup?? :lol:
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PS: How long do you wait for dreamweaver to startup??


much longer than I'd like to :-)

certainly much longer than firing up TextPad (fast/cheap) or PsPad (good/free)...

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