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Managing Your Website

If you have been working hard on your website and you are starting to get a lot of visitors and your site is getting bigger and bigger, keeping track of everything going on can become very hard. Luckily there are a lot of ways to decrease your workload by making sitewide updates easier.

One of the major problems facing many webmasters is updating every single page on their site, for example when you update your navigation bar. For a few years, frames were used to make this updating easier but frames are not the best way of using your site. Luckily there are several other ways of making site-wide updates.

The quickest to impliment (as you don't need to change your site) is to use a Search & Replace program. All you have to do then is place a small section of your old code in the 'search' box and the corresponding new code into the 'replace' box. The program will then update all your site's files (as long as your code is consistant). The problem with this is that if that part of every page's code is not exactly the same as your search & replace it will not work. Also it is very easy to make a mistake and ruin your site. Search & Replace HTML 98 is an excellent program for this and can be downloaded from Download.com

Another way to update your site is to use a part of your web design software especially made for this. For example, in Macromedia Dreamweaver, there is a feature called 'Templates' which will allow you to make a 'template' for your site. If you update this template the corresponding sections of the other pages are updated. Dreamweaver also makes it impossible to change this code by accident when editing pages. Other programs also offer features like this.

A final way to update your site quickly is to use Server Side Includes (SSI). These are special tags you can place in your code which will make the web server (if it supports SSI) replace it with information of your choice. This can be output from a CGI script, a piece of server information (time etc.) or the contents of a file. You could create a text file with the navigation (or another feature) of your website and use this instead of the code on your pages. You can then use the <!--#include virtual="/directory/filename.txt"--> (where /directory/ is the location of the directory) to include this information on the site. The SSI calls are not relative to the file, they are relative to your site so the file above would be yourdoman.com/directory/filename.txt.



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