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Multiple Web Pages With Same Structure

I have a website consisting of more than 40 static (no CMS) HTML pages where they all have the same exact header, navigation, footer and sidebar areas; the only part that changes for each page is the main content area. My question is: is there a way in HTML5 to structure each page such that it pulls in the header, navigation, footer and sidebar sections from a separate file, and then include the content for the page (as detailed below)? Being a programmer by training, it would seem to make it easier to make global modifications with this structure, but I am unable to find out how to make this work.

  (insert header.html)
  (insert navigation.html)
  (insert sidebar.html)
  body content of page…
  (insert footer.html)

Is this a valid approach to take, and if so how can I make it work? Or would the extra files create unnecessary delays in the page loading into the browser? Right now, if I want to make any changes to the structure or layout of the site, I have to modify all 40-plus pages - not an efficient way of working in my mind.

2 Answers

Elliott Frazier
Elliott Frazier
Courses Plus Student 9,647 Points

Totally a job for PHP. with PHP you can do exactly what you described plus more! and whats even better is training for PHP is offered right here on Treehouse - Build a Simple PHP Application. I've completed the course and loved it!

hope this helps :)

Kevin Korte
Kevin Korte
28,148 Points

Exactly the answer. Easy peasy with PHP


Ryan Cocuzzo
Ryan Cocuzzo
1,206 Points

How do i insert a header file into a question?

Ok, with this consensus, I am taking this course on PHP as we speak. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!