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Topic # 139391 7-Feb-2014 13:06
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Hi there Geekzone and thank you for reading this post.

Im currently trying to build a site for my research (references) to be accessed by other academics with interest in similar topic.


1 Created a master.dwt dynamic and responsive template.

2 Created also the pages that will load the content with extension PHP due to using a php code to populate my page with content (references).

3 Expression Web 4, when i preview the PHP pages all work and contents loads nicely.

4 the problem:  However when i try to add hyperlinks to the index.html page and click the right PHP page loads but does not execute the populating the page with the contents.

Would you awesome Geekzone experience developers would mind giving me tips on how i can fix this issue.

Note: the reason im using PHP pages is due to HTML pages would not save as HTML if there was PHP code in the page.

I thank you in advanced for sharing your knowledge,


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  Reply # 981810 7-Feb-2014 13:35
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I'm a little unclear on exactly what you're trying to do (and haven't used expression engine) however I'll try help out.

*Generally* (URL re-writing, special web-server config etc aside ) PHP will only execute from within a .php file so you will need to display your html code within a php file not the other way around.

If your app is mainly PHP with some HTML you can setup your index.php (or whatever name.php) file like this and embed HTML;

   // Garbage Functions

   // Insert HTML hyperlink
   echo '<a href="">Google Link</a>';

If your app is mainly HTML with some PHP you can use PHP short code like this;


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  Reply # 981819 7-Feb-2014 13:43
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And is the PHP handler enabled on the host...

For instance Apache needs a few lines uncommented to advise how to handle php content


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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 981871 7-Feb-2014 14:48
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wow thanks for your help i have managed to solve the issue thanks to you, i highly appretiated you taken the time to reply,

Thank you,


Note: my website will go live sometime this weekend im just trying to figure out a way to setup a page that will secure page by user id and password login type.

and my webhost does use Apache at the server but i dont know the details of how i will set it up to work properly but for now its working perfectly in expression web 4 and all browsers i could find. cheers

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  Reply # 981886 7-Feb-2014 15:10
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If your web host gives you access to a control panel like cPanel you can go to the "Password Protect Directories" setting and add password protection to the directory you want to secure, you will have to add all the usernames/passwords manually though.

This will give you a username/password prompt box when you attempt to visit the website and much simpler than implementing a PHP-based solution to get you going.

You can do the same thing by editing your .htaccess file directly but is a bit more complicated (

If you do go down the road of wanting automated user signup etc and implementing that in PHP you'll need to do your research as it's not that easy to do it yourself securely if you're new to PHP (avoiding SQL injection etc).

You may want to look into learning a PHP framework (Symfony, CackePHP etc) or using a CMS (Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress) which will give you a lot of this stuff for free.

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  Reply # 982007 7-Feb-2014 17:17
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For the username and password access, it's best to use a database. It is most likely your host will have MySQL installed so just create a new database with a table in it that has 3 fields, user_id, username, and password (we'll talk about security later on when you have a firm grasp of how everything works). Now accessing the database can be tricky for new beginners and because I'm lazy I'm just gonna tell you to download and include into your project a PHP library called idiorm which allows you to query the database as if it was a PHP object.

Set all that up and see how it goes, if you need help google it, all the answers for what you need are on the internet and there is no need to ask questions as you'll probably wait longer for a reply than the time it will take you to Google for an answer.

Stefan Andres Charsley

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  Reply # 982104 7-Feb-2014 21:10
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kenkeniff, thanks for reply and yep i download it Symfony_Standard_Vendors_2.4.1.tgz, and will give a go at learning this.
thanks for your reply.

charsleysa, thanks for reply, I used visual studio and build a site http and it was tricky when website administration tool would not let me access the security tab despite having connection to the server.

Any way will go download a few bits and use google more often too.

thanks for all your help.


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