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How to use common elements without PHP includes??

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hi all,

I'm guessing this is an easy one, I hope so:

I've done many sites over the years, using Dreamweaver as my main program. Done them in HTML, and many with PHP.

Recently, I've really liked using PHP includes for my navigation bars, headers and footer. I like this rather than using Templates within Dreamweaver.

I now have a client, that for SEO reasons, will not let my use PHP, they strictly want HTML, XHTML or CSS.

Within that, how can I use common elements like a footer or header throughout, without having it actually coded onto each page?

Thanks, Cory

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 1400 total points
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in html, the INCLUDE syntax is called, surprisingly: include
http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/include.html
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Hi Cory,

You can use regular server side includes if the host is set up correctly:

<!--#include virtual="/includes/header.html" -->

What might be easier for you is to use Dreamweaver to handle includes via Library Items.
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*shakes tiny fist at AngelIII*

Beat me by seconds!
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I'm not sure how much PHP includes would really affect SEO now days, though I guess it doesn't matter if it's not what the client wants.
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PHP gets SEO optimized just FINE by all the major SEngines -- if not 60% of google pages would disappear!

However, people harbor long standing preconceptions, even if they are now outdated.  AS long as you don't make links in javascript, and you do page renames from queries in the HTACCESS, PHP is indexed fine.
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thanks all...knew it was probably easy!
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