Displaying dynamic PHP content from a page.

I have a website that I'm developing in PHP.  I have 45 or so pages of content, each a paragraph long.

How can I organize these individual paragraphs and store them in one central location, and then as each PHP page is rendered - how can I pull the content from a page based on some sort of anchor link?

I've seen sites with this type of technology being used and the URL looks similar to:


Is there a script out there that accomplishes this?
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Harisha M GEngineerCommented:
Hi jpipitone,
    When you have to goto the new page, give the location as .... (in JS)

    "http://www.servername.com/info.php?article=" + yourid

    Then in PHP, you can recieve the id using $_GET["article"]

jpipitoneAuthor Commented:
I don't understand your English too well - can you describe to me in detail how I would organize the articles and the command used to grab the articles?

I'm assuming its something like <? php $_GET["1"] ?>

But how would I organize the content file?
Harisha M GEngineerCommented:
>> I'm assuming its something like <? php $_GET["1"] ?>

You can use a database to store the articles, and then get the corresponding one.
It would be $_GET['article'] (since that was the name part of the query string parameter:   foo.php?name_of_parameter=value_of_parameter)

And you would have to do something with it to get the article.

For example:

$subject = "abcdef";
$pattern = '/^def/';

  if (isset($_GET['article']) && preg_match('/^\d+$/', $_GET['article']) {
     include('/path/to/include/files/article_' . $_GET['article'] . '.txt');

That should work, although my PHP is a little rusty. Note the test with the regular expression to ensure the article variable contains only digits - this prevents it being loaded up with "../" in order to access arbitary files on your file system.
hi jpipitone,

With that many pages i would take an approach like this...

Have your content files in a specific directory, for example /content
Your files might be named, 1.php, 2.php, 3.php etc

You script will look something like this:

$dir = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/content/'; //directory where content files are located
$ext = '.php'; //filename extensions
$default = '1'; //default page to include (filename without extension)

if (isset($_GET['content'])) {
 $filename = $dir.basename($_GET['content'],$ext).$ext;
 if (preg_match('/^[\w\-\.%]+$/',$_GET['content']) && file_exists($filename)) $content = $filename;
if (!isset($content)) $content = $dir.$default.$ext;


There are several things added here for reasons of security... storing the files in a dedicated directory, the use of the basename function and the added validation means that only files that you want to have included can be included. Part of the validation checks for valid filenames... if you are only using numeric filenames (ie. 1.php, 2.php etc) then you could optionally
replace: preg_match('/^[\w\-\.%]+$/',$_GET['content'])
with: is_numeric($_GET['content'])

In order to load different content you would access the page using:

nameofscript.php?content=3 etc

The snippet of code would appear in your page where you want the content to be included, eg:


<div style="width:80%">
<!-- php code here for example -->


The alternative option is to store the content in separate rows in a database table and running a select query based on the value passed to the script via the url query string. (as opposed to storing the content in physical files).

NOTE: refereshed before posting to see other posts have been made, i am going to post this anyway since i have spent some time on it.


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