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I'm looking to add a banner to an existing HTML website. Only this banner needs to be easily accessible to an end user to update on a daily basis. It's a simple text that will inform our employees of any weather or traffic delays and will consist of simple text. My problem is I have to make this as simple as possible for the end user to update without opening the possibility of screwing anything else up on the page. Please let me know of any ideas or recommendations.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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You can create a asp/php page that uses an input form to update text to either a text file or database.  Then use the text file or database to generate the banner.
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Is it possible to integrate that into a current HTML website or would the site need to be recreated as an asp/php page?
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The php include function should be fairly easy to implement.  Change your webpage to a php file (such as rename index.html to index.php) and use  <?php include "path\file"; ?>.

Such as:

<marquee behavior="scroll" direction="left"><?php include "/user-managed/marqueeText.txt"; ?></marquee>

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Any kind of integration is going to open the page to serious damage.  The simplest and safest method is to give the user nothing but a text they can edit in Notepad and then use the text file in the server side generation to put the text in the banner after thoroughly sanitizing and validating the text.  What padas proposes with a form is similar to this, but I prefer to avoid the work of doing the form for such a simple change.

There is no 100 percent safe way of doing this, but limiting user access to a text file minimizes exposure.

Any solution that allows user access to code is 100% guaranteed to produce undesirable results at some point.

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Is the web site public (internet)  an private (intranet)?

Is it running an Unix/Linux or Windows servers?  

What scripting languages are available?

Which scripting language are you most comfortable using?

A very simple solution would be to use iFrame tags to display another page inside the page.  See: http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/frames/_IFRAME.html 

Also there are lots of free scripts available to add a ticker and/or a banner to an existing page.

TIP: I would use ticker as the search term instead of banner.

Example ticker: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex2/ajaxticker.htm
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Just an easy idea, you can send a tweet out with a specific hash tag and allow the last tweet with that hashtag to show up on your site.  Have a read here https://dev.twitter.com/blog/embedded-timelines-howto and click on the instructions to embed a tweet on your site with a widgets https://twitter.com/settings/widgets
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Tweets?  Well that would keep the changes small, and there would be a historical record you could go back through. Very outside the box thinking. +1

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Thanks!  I forgot to mention in addition to watching for the hashtag, you would want to only include tweets from specific users to prevent others from hijacking your site with comments you would not want to see...
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That's perfect! Thanks!
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And they could also get the tweets to their smartphones and tablets!
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