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troubleshooting Question

PHP Redeclare Class Issue

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I'm writing a "Lite" project management application in PHP and a lot of the functionality is template based (email templates for example).

I'm borrowing functionality ideas from Joomla 1.x so all my templates are OOP (example below). All templates use the same class name (html_template) and they all have the same method renderTemplate() which renders the HTML result and returns it. The method that I have that "renders the template result" is also below. The system works fine until I hit my Registration system. When it sends out the account activation email, it uses one template for the email, and every email automatically includes a "footer" template. Since the system "includes" 2 templates (both with the same class name) I get the "Cannot redefine class" error. How can I resolve this?

Essentially.. how can I have an OOP system that uses templates, each template using a common programming format, with the ability to either redefine the class, or destroy the class after using it so I can include another file with the same class name?
Template File Examples:
class html_template {
	public $vars = array();
	public function renderTemplate() {
		$template = '<br /><br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------<br />
				This email was generated from the MM Lite Project Management application.<br />
				This email is provided for informational purposes only. Please do not respond to this email.';
		return $template;
class html_template {
	public $vars = array();
	public function renderTemplate() {
		$template = '<b>Thank you for registering!</b>
				<br/ >
				<br />
				Username: ' . $this->vars["un"] . '<br/>
				Password: ' . $this->vars["pw"] . '<br />
				<a href="' . $this->vars["link"] . '">Click to Activate Account!</a>';
		return $template;
method that calls template, and email method
	public function getTemplateResponse($template = "", $data = array()) {
		$template = trim($template);
		if ($template != "") {
			include_once($this->shared->path . "/templates/" . $template . ".php");
			$template = new html_template();
			if ($template->vars) {
				$template->vars = $data;
			} else {}
			$value = $template->renderTemplate();
			return $value;
		else {
			return false;
	public function sendMail($to, $subject, $message, $headers = array()) {
		$messageHeaders = array();
		$defaultHeaders = array(
				"MIME-Version:" => "1.0",
				"Content-type:" => "text/html;charset=iso-8859-1",
				"From:" => "MM Lite Project Management Mailer Daemon <noreply@mechanicmatt.com>"
		foreach ($headers as $k => $v) {
			$defaultHeaders[$k] = $v;
		foreach ($defaultHeaders as $k => $v) {
			$messageHeaders[] = $k . " " . $v;
		$footer = $this->getTemplateResponse("mail/footer");
		return mail($to, $subject, $message . $footer, implode("\r\n", $messageHeaders) . "\r\n");
The method that starts the process
	private function submitRegistration() {
		$data = $this->escapeArray($this->shared->request);
		$password = $this->generatePassword();
		$response = $this->database->query("INSERT INTO todo_users (email, name, username, password, cellphone, enabled, isCreator) VALUES('" . $data["userEml"] . "','" . $data["name"] . "','" . $data["userName"] . "',PASSWORD('" . $password . "'),'" . $data["userCell"] . "','0','" . $data["role"] . "')");
		$userID = $this->database->insertid();
		if ($response !== false) {
			$token = md5(uniqid(rand(), true) . serialize($_REQUEST));
			$this->database->query("INSERT INTO todo_tokens (token, userID, expiry) VALUES('" . $token . "','" . $userID . "',DATE_ADD(NOW(), INTERVAL 1 DAY))");
			$templateVars = array (
					"un" => $this->shared->request["userName"],
					"pw" => $password,
					"link" => $this->shared->absolute . "index.php?component=registration&task=activate&token=" . $token . "&uid=" . $userID
			$message = $this->getTemplateResponse("mail/sendActivationLink", $templateVars);
			$this->sendMail($this->shared->request["userEml"], "Account Activation", $message);
			header("Location: " . $this->shared->absolute . "?component=registration&task=afterReg");
		else {
			$this->highlightError($this->errors->registrationInsertError, "high", "?component=registration");
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